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Fakhrul: India’s NRC threat to Bangladesh

  • Published at 03:50 pm December 14th, 2019
File Photo: BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

He said the NRC will destabilize the entire subcontinent

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in India's Assam is a threat to Bangladesh's independence and sovereignty. 

The BNP leader made the remarks while talking to reporters after placing wreaths at Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in Mirpur, marking the Martyred Intellectuals Day on Saturday, reports UNB.

"We have been saying from the beginning that we are very worried over India's NRC. We think the NRC is a threat to our independence and sovereignty," he said.  

Fakhrul together with party senior leaders went to the Martyred Intellectuals Memorial around 9:30am and placed wreaths there in tributes to the martyrs. 

He said the NRC will destabilize the entire subcontinent, not only Bangladesh. "It will also create conflict and trigger violence in this subcontinent." 

The senior BNP leader said the main motive behind the NRC is to establish communal politics and destroying the liberal democratic and secular politics. 

Fakhrul bemoaned that their party chairperson Khaleda Zia who was "oppressed and assaulted" by Pakistani occupation forces during the Liberation War is now in jail. 

 He alleged that the current government has destroyed the dream of freedom fighters and the spirit of the Liberation War by obliterating democracy. "They also ruined all the achievements of the nation as we have lost our rights and democracy." 

 The BNP leader also said an effort is under way to eliminate BNP by keeping its chairperson and several thousand leaders and activists in jail. 

 Fakhrul said a unity of the entire nation is now a necessity to foil the move of suppressing the democratic parties, and "restore" democracy through a movement. 

 He said they will intensify their movement by following the path of martyred intellectuals to protect the country's independence and sovereignty, and "restore" democracy.