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Bangladesh acts tough, restricts visa issuance to Pakistanis

World, Updated May 21, 2019 | 00:30 IST | Mayukh Ranjan Ghosh

With Bangladesh restricting visa issuance, India gets another ally to globally isolate Pakistan: FATF blacklist imminent for Pakistan?

Bangladesh has restricted visa issuance for Pakistanis (Representative image) | Photo Credit: Thinkstock

New Delhi: In an exclusive conversation with Times Now from Dhaka, Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina's advisor Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury confirmed that Bangladesh has taken firm steps to restrict Terror 'elements' from using their soil and not to cross the border and land up in India for nefarious activities.

In a telephonic conversation, Mr. Chowdhury told Times Now's Mayukh Ranjan Ghosh that India, being a good friend, has regularly shared information regarding Terror organisations backed by Pakistan trying to use the soil of Bangladesh. He said that as Bangladesh was a good friend of India, it will firmly act against them and ensure they are quarantined.

Taking the first step to isolate Pakistan from the international community, Bangladesh has restricted visa issuance for Pakistanis. This, however, will be a precautionary measure and not a permanent blanket ban.

According to sources in Pakistan, the Bangladesh High Commission visa section in Islamabad has been closed from Monday afternoon. Strict instructions have come from Dhaka to scrutinize each and every applicant before issuing any visa. This is applicable for citizens of a few other countries as well.

Bangladesh PM Advisor also said that since India and Bangladesh share porous borders, they are extra cautious about people entering Bangladesh particularly in districts bordering India. Prime Minister Hasina's office and MOFA has already informed their Home department to ensure that no error terror elements use Bangladesh's soil.

Pakistan diplomats are already lobbying hard to exit FATF greylist and this decision from Bangladesh could add to their worries.

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Hindu Bangladeshi woman booked for sedition for telling Trump 'minority atrocities'

In a video, Priya Saha of the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council told the US President that 37 million people of the minority groups disappeared from Bangladesh.

Published: 20th July 2019 09:50 PM | Last Updated: 21st July 2019 01:06 AM

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Priya Saha, organising secretary of the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council (Photo | Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council website)

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DHAKA: A Bangladeshi Hindu woman will be tried for sedition after she told US President Donald Trump in Washington that the minority communities in her country were being persecuted, according to a minister.

Priya Saha, organising secretary of the Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council (HBCUC), attended a meeting at the White House on July 19 and a video of the meeting with Trump subsequently went viral on social media and sparked widespread controversy back home.

In the video, she was seen identifying herself as a Bangladeshi national and telling the US President that 37 million people of the minority groups disappeared from Bangladesh. Reacting to her statement, Road Transport Minister and ruling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader told reporters that she has made a "false, purposeful and treasonous remarks".

"Saha's allegation was absolutely false. No one will agree with her. A sedition case will be filed against her. The process is underway. We must take measures against her and are in the process of doing so as a Bangladeshi national, she has made false, purposeful and treasonous remarks," he said.

The minister said that he could "firmly state" that no conscientious, patriotic member of the Hindu, Buddhist or Christian community agreed with Saha's assertion. Saha was among the five Bangladeshis and two Rohingya refugees the US Embassy in Dhaka sent to the White House.

She also attended a ministerial meeting on advancing religious freedom hosted by the US Department of State. The foreign ministry in Dhaka termed as "blatant lies" Saha's complaints, suspecting that she was led by an "ulterior motive".

Home Minister Asasuduzzaman Khan Kamal said: "We will certainly ask her (about the remarks) when she returns" from the United States.

The HBCUC, meanwhile, distanced itself from Saha's comments with one of its leaders saying that her comments were her own and that she did not represent the Council in the meeting with the US President. "We are embarrassed. The comments she made were her own and not ours," HBCUC spokesman Kajal Debnath told PTI.

Debnath added that he believed the remarks she made in her interactions "with the president of a foreign country in a foreign land is unethical and unexpected". The HBCUC presidium member, however, defended her remarks, saying it "could be near to truth if the figure is counted from the 1947 partition of the country". "Yet, the word - disappeared - that she chose, is also incorrect as the population were rather 'forced to leave the country' (mostly to migrate to India)," Debnath said.

He said that as compared to the previous governments of Bangladesh, the incumbent one of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was "much more minority-friendly, and we (minorities) want to live here amid harmony".

During the talks, Saha also said there are still "18 million minority people" in Bangladesh and told Trump "please help us we don't want to leave our country, just help us stay. "I've lost my home, they've burned my home, they (have) taken away my land, but no judgement (has) yet taken place," she said.

When Trump asked her who took the land and home, she said that "Muslim fundamentalist groups (and) always they're getting the political shelter, always".

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Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina to visit India in October to discuss bilateral issues

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File photo of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. (Photograph : AFP)

Highlight : The dates will be finalised during External Affairs Minister S Jaishanka's two-day visit to Dhaka on August 20-21, Bangladesh state media has reported.


Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to visit India in October this year during which she will discuss bilateral issues including water sharing in common rivers, Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said here on Sunday.

It will be Hasina's first visit to India after assuming office for the third consecutive term.

The dates will be finalised during External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar's two-day visit to Dhaka on August 20-21, Dhaka Tribune has reported.

The agenda of Hasina's visit will include discussion on all bilateral, regional and international issues, with a greater focus on the issue of sharing water from 54 trans-boundary rivers between the neighbours.

Previously, the Teesta water agreement was slated to be inked between the two countries on September 6, 2011, during the visit of former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Dhaka. But the proposed deal was called off after repeated objections by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

The water-sharing issue was once again discussed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Dhaka in June 2015. Prime Minister Modi had assured Shiekh Hasina that the waters of the river would be shared while looking forward to achieving a quick resolution to the issue.

India and Bangladesh share 54 common streams with the Teesta being a major one and the water sharing dispute between the two neighbours is not something new.

The Teesta River is a 309 km long river flowing through Sikkim.

It carves a way for itself through the verdant Himalayas in temperate and tropical river valleys and forms the border between Sikkim and West Bengal.

The flow of the river is crucial for Bangladesh from December to March for that they require 50 per cent of the river's water supply, while India claims a share of 55 per cent.

However, Momen denied media reports that India has sought land from Bangladesh to expand the Agartala airport in Tripura.

"I did not get any letter in this regard... I have no knowledge about it," he was quoted as saying.

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Amit Shah flags off first international meeting with Bangladesh

1 min read . Updated: 08 Aug 2019, 12:29 AM IST Shaswati Das
  1. The two sides have embarked on 'high-level delegation talks', with matters of internal security on both ends dominating discussions
  2. The meeting with Asaduzzaman Khan was Shah's first international outreach as India's Home Minister.

Home Minister Amit Shah with his Bangladeshi counterpart Asaduzzaman Khan at a meeting in New Delhi (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: In his first international outreach as India's Home Minister, Amit Shah, on Wednesday met Home Minister of Bangladesh Asaduzzaman Khan, a Union home ministry spokesperson said.

The two sides have embarked on "high-level delegation talks", with matters of internal security on both ends dominating discussions.

While India has earlier flagged concerns about sporadic cases of cross-border infiltration and smuggling of fake Indian currency notes (FICN), Shah's predecessor Rajnath Singh had last year met Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

"India has been discussing various bilateral issues with Bangladesh. The two countries have been in talks to discuss ways to strengthen the anti-terror mechanism between the two countries and check radicalization of youths by terrorist groups," a person familiar with the development said.

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"Asaduzzaman held talks with his Indian counterpart Amit Shah at the 7th home minister-level meeting between the two sides in New Delhi on Wednesday evening.

During the one-hour meeting, Shah raised the issue of illegal movement of people across the border and urged Bangladesh to take action in this regard, Asaduzzaman said.

“I told him [Shah] that no Bangladeshi goes to India illegally. Our economy is in very good shape and people from different countries come here for employment. Why will Bangladeshis cross the border illegally?” "

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"Asaduzzaman held talks with his Indian counterpart Amit Shah at the 7th home minister-level meeting between the two sides in New Delhi on Wednesday evening.

During the one-hour meeting, Shah raised the issue of illegal movement of people across the border and urged Bangladesh to take action in this regard, Asaduzzaman said.

“I told him [Shah] that no Bangladeshi goes to India illegally. Our economy is in very good shape and people from different countries come here for employment. Why will Bangladeshis cross the border illegally?” "

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We should be shooting all intruders on the Indo Bangladeshi border and when the Bangladeshi minister protests , have the transcripts of this meeting read out to him and tell him that in probability those intruders were outsiders who came to seek employment in Bangladesh .
 

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NDC commandant honoured by USI of India

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Dhaka | Published: 00:08, Aug 26,2019

Commandant of National Defence College, Bangladesh Lieutenant General Sheikh Mamun Khaled has been awarded a fellowship from United Service Institution of India in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the study and practice of military leadership.

Director of USI Lieutenant General PK Singh (retired) has formally handed over the fellowship certificate to Lieutenant General Sheikh Mamun Khaled on August 19.

It may be noted that Lieutenant General Sheikh Mamun Khaled is the first Bangladeshi as well as foreign recipient of this honour from USI of India, said an Inter Service Public Relation press release on Sunday.

The USI of India was established in 1870. The institution is a national security and defense services think tank based in New Delhi. It describes its aim as ‘Furtherance of interest and knowledge in the art, science and literature of the defence services’. USI operates centers for research in various areas of national security.

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The visit aims to strengthen ties between the coast guards of the two neighbouring nations


Director General of Indian Coast Guard Krishnaswamy Natarajan has arrived in Dhaka on a four-day visit.

The visit of the Indian Coast Guard chief to Bangladesh will strengthen defence cooperation, particularly in the field of maritime domain, and will fortify the close and fraternal ties existing between the coast guards of the two countries, said the Indian High Commission in Dhaka on Monday.

The Indian Coast Guard chief is accompanied by two delegation members.

During the visit, Krishnaswamy will meet high ranking dignitaries of Bangladesh - the home minister, chief of naval staff, and director general of Bangladesh Coast Guard.

He will also attend a high level meeting between Indian and Bangladeshi Coast Guards.
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India, Bangladesh likely to sign a dozen agreements during Sheikh Hasina's visit

The agreements will be signed between Dhaka and Delhi after the bilateral talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina in New Delhi this month.

By Sahidul Hasan Khokon, Dhaka, October 3, 2019

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina is slated to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi during her visit. (Photo: PTI)

India and Bangladesh are likely to sign at least a dozen of bilateral agreements in different areas during Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's four-day visit to India. the two leaders are likely to discuss Teesta water sharing and Rohingya issues.

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina is set to leave for New Delhi on Thursday to attend the India Economic Summit of the World Economic Forum (WEF). She is slated to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi during her visit. This will be her first visit after assuming office for the third consecutive term.

"Exactly, I can't confirm it right now that how many bilateral agreements will be signed but I can say that we are supposed to ink at least 10 to 12 instruments," Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said while briefing media on Wednesday afternoon at the ministry.

The agreements will be signed between Dhaka and Delhi after the bilateral talks between PM Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina in New Delhi on October 5.

Momen said that all issues, including water sharing of Teesta, Rohingya repatriation and border killing will be discussed during bilateral talks between Bangladesh and India led by premiers of the two countries on October 5 in New Delhi.

"All bilateral issues between Bangladesh and India will be discussed during the meeting (Shiekh Hasina-PM Modi talk) including framework agreement overall Trans-boundary rivers with Teesta Indian cooperation on Rohingya repatriation reducing border killing at zero," Momen said.

Sheikh Hasina will also pay a courtesy call on President Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan on October 5. She will meet Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi at her residence on October 6.

India, Bangladesh likely to sign a dozen agreements during Sheikh Hasina's visit