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MPs: Form all-party parliamentary panel to solve Rohingya crisis

  • Published at 01:47 am February 7th, 2019
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Bangladesh is currently sheltering over 1.1 million Rohingyas in a number of refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

They have also suggested the speaker to fix a day for discussions on the issue in parliament

Four senior MPs on Wednesday proposed forming an all-party parliamentary committee to find a solution to the Rohingya crisis and send Myanmar's displaced nationals back to their own country.

They also suggested the speaker to fix a day for discussions on the issue in parliament.

Speaking on point of order, Awami League MP Md Nasim, Workers Party President Rashed Khan Menon, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President Hasanul Haq Inu and Bangladesh Tariqat Federation Chairman Syed Nazibul Bashar Maizbhandari came up with the proposal.

Nasim first raised the issue saying that the problem has not been solved yet by the foreign leaders’ lip services.

"As the parliament is in session, honourable speaker, I ask you to fix a day for discussions on the Rohingya problem so that all party MPs can discuss ways to solve the problem," he said.

Nasim, also a Presidium member of Awami League, said a parliamentary body incorporating members from all parties can be formed, if needed, so that they can visit India, China and Myanmar to take necessary measures to resolve the crisis.

Supporting his proposal, Inu said: “It is necessary to convey the country's people and the international community about our [MPs of the 11th parliament] views on the Rohingya issue.

"A parliamentary party can also place a report in the House after visiting the United Nations. The Rohingya problem will not be resolved without a tripartite initiative of Bangladesh, UN and Myanmar, as it's an international issue.”

Menon raised a question about the justification of the bilateral agreement signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar over sending Rohingyas to their homeland.

He also said the foreign fiends of Bangladesh did their politics over the Rohingya issue instead of making genuine efforts to overcome it.

"The prime minister has brightened the country's image by sheltering Rohingyas in Bangladesh. But, this cannot continue for a long time," he added.

Later, Nazibul also proposed forming an all-party parliamentary body to work out an effective plan to resolve the crisis.