The controversy across the derogatory references to the Prophet is India’s inner matter and the federal government in Dhaka needn’t reply to it, Data and Broadcasting Minister of Bangladesh Dr Hasan Mahmud stated right here Saturday.

“Initially, that is an exterior challenge (for Bangladesh). That is the problem of India, not of Bangladesh. We don’t should say something,” Mahmud stated at an off-the-cuff interplay with a gaggle of visiting journalists from Indian information organisations together with The Indian Specific.

Mahmud congratulated Indian authorities for having taken motion within the matter — one BJP spokesperson was suspended, the opposite dropped from membership— and stated that he wouldn’t “ignite” the problem additional.

Requested whether or not the silence of Dhaka when over a dozen Muslim international locations and the 57-nation Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have protested or issued statements of condemnation, Mahmud stated:

“We aren’t compromised in any means in any respect. We strongly condemn any insult to the Holy Prophet each time and wherever it occurs. However the Authorities of India has taken motion, and we thank them for it. We congratulate the Authorities of India. Now the regulation will take its course.”

The insult to the Prophet isn’t a lot of a problem in Bangladesh, the Minister stated. “So why ought to I instigate, why ought to I ignite the problem? Has it not received sufficient consideration (already)? My job is to not ignite,” he stated.

There have been some protests by Muslim teams in Dhaka on Friday, together with one outdoors town’s most important mosque. Opposition events and Islamist teams in Bangladesh have attacked their authorities’s failure to criticise the Modi authorities.

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The Bangladesh authorities has, nonetheless, remained agency on its refusal to be provoked; on Friday, Mahmud, who can be a senior office-bearer of the nation’s ruling Awami League, warned in a celebration assembly in Gaibandha in northern Bangladesh that strict motion can be taken in opposition to anybody creating “pointless confusion or incitement”, native media reported.

“We don’t tolerate offending any faith and if anybody tries to create chaos on this nation over the incidents of different international locations, it will likely be managed with iron palms,” The Every day Star quoted the Minister as having stated.

In Dhaka on Saturday night, Mahmud was additionally requested in regards to the feedback made every now and then in opposition to alleged Bangladeshi “infiltrators” by senior political figures in India. He replied that these leaders might have their home political compulsions, and that Bangladesh was not too frightened about their statements.

“Due to home politics they might have stated… Politicians say many issues for causes of home politics. We don’t ask for explanations, we perceive… We don’t want to provide consideration to them,” Mahmud stated.

The connection between Bangladesh and India has reached new heights beneath the management of Prime Ministers Hasina and Modi, the Minister stated. He expressed his gratitude to the folks and the federal government of India for standing with Bangladesh throughout the nation’s warfare of liberation in 1971.

“The troopers of India shed their blood for the folks of Bangladesh. You (India) opened your doorways and your hearts to our folks. The connection between the peoples of Bangladesh and India was born out of the ashes of warfare and cast in our blood. We’re certainly blood brothers,” he stated.

Whereas some challenges stay, and there may be a lot floor to be lined nonetheless to understand the complete potential of commerce and communication hyperlinks between the 2 international locations, the “Modi authorities has all the time been supportive of Bangladesh in all respects”, Mahmud stated.

Requested in regards to the long-delayed Teesta water-sharing settlement between the 2 international locations, and whether or not which may influence the deliberate go to of Prime Minister Hasina to India later this 12 months, the Minister stated: “On Teesta, the issue is the provincial authorities (of West Bengal), not the Central authorities… So the PM can go to India even when Teesta isn’t but completed. However I hope the problem might be resolved. We wish the issue to be resolved. That it has not been resolved up to now isn’t due to the central authorities (of India).”


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