DHAKA: Bangladesh will not compromise on any concern involving the honour of Prophet Mohammed, however the controversy activated by remarks by two previous BJP spokespersons is mostly an “external issue”, Bangladesh data minister Hasan Mahmud has mentioned.
The Bangladesh federal government welcomes the motion taken by Indian authorities from the BJP spokespersons and has no intention to “instigate the matter”, Mahmud explained to a team of checking out Indian journalists late on Saturday.
Mahmud, a senior chief of the ruling Awami League get together, is the initially member of the federal government to communicate out on the controversy in excess of the remarks from Prophet Mohammed by the two previous BJP spokespersons Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal. Official problems have been registered from the spokespersons for allegedly spreading detest in Delhi and Maharashtra..
Muslim-vast majority Bangladesh stood out for the silence of the country’s federal government on the concern, particularly right after Iran, Kuwait and Qatar summoned the Indian envoys to protest and much more than a dozen international locations, like Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Turkey, condemned the remarks.
“We are not compromising [on] the honour of the Prophet,” Mahmud mentioned. “Wherever [something] occurs from the Prophet, we condemn it. But we congratulate the Governing administration of India at the exact same time [for taking] authorized motion from individuals who mentioned [something] from Prophet Mohammed.”
He extra: “First of all, this is an exterior concern, this is not an inside concern. This is an concern of India and I never believe that we have to say several items about this… It has not obtained substantially focus in this article, not like in the Center East, Indonesia, Pakistan or the Maldives.”
Towns throughout Bangladesh, from the funds Dhaka to the border area of Teknaf, witnessed protests in excess of the concern right after the Friday prayers on June ten. In Dhaka, countless numbers joined the protest in close proximity to the Baitul Mukarram countrywide mosque and shouted slogans from the Indian federal government. They also known as for a boycott of Indian items.
The protests were being mostly organised by hardline teams these kinds of as Jamiat Ulema Bangladesh, Khelafat Majlis and Islam Oikyajot, which often accuse the Awami League – underneath whose federal government ties with India have drastically enhanced in parts these kinds of as trade and connectivity – of providing out Dhaka’s pursuits to New Delhi.
Individuals acquainted with the subject mentioned the Bangladesh federal government adopted a reduced-crucial tactic to the controversy in get not to give Islamic teams a cope with to defeat the Awami League.
“If the federal government experienced taken a challenging situation publicly, the hardline teams would have pressured to do much more. If almost nothing was completed by the Indian aspect, the Islamic teams would have mentioned the Bangladesh federal government is performing almost nothing to force India on the concern,” one particular of the persons mentioned.
The persons mentioned Bangladeshi authorities also labored extra time to guarantee the subject was not blown up by the nearby media or by spiritual teams as it experienced the possible to be misused by Islamic fundamentalists to focus on the country’s minorities.
Mahmud mentioned he condemned the controversial remarks at a general public assembly, and that the authorized method in India will get because of program from the BJP spokespersons. “An FIR has been registered…Then, afterward the motion will stick to. But why really should I instigate the concern in this article?” he mentioned.
He brushed apart a concern about controversial remarks manufactured by house minister Amit Shah pertaining to alleged unlawful infiltration from Bangladesh, indicating these kinds of remarks are generally an end result of “domestic politics”.
“Because of domestic politics, he has mentioned so. We have incredibly fantastic connection. For domestic politics, politicians often say several items. You never want to give focus [to such remarks] all the time,” he mentioned.
Mahmud mentioned his federal government has labored extra time to take care of difficulties involving Bangladesh’s Hindu minority, which accounts for a very little much more than ten% of the populace of close to a hundred and seventy million. Referring to sectarian assaults concentrating on Durga Puja pandals in Comilla, Chittagong and Rangpur parts final Oct, he mentioned he individually led attempts to defend Hindus in the Pirganj sub-district, the hometown of Wazed Miah, the late partner of Primary Minister Sheikh Hasina.