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Mia Ghulam Parwar expresses concern as the government allows transit facilities to India; emphasis on holding national dialogue
Saturday, 18th June, 2016

Assistant Secretary General of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami and former member of the Parliament, Professor Mia Ghulam Parwar has issued the following statement on 18th June, 2016 expressing deep concern for giving transit facilities to India over the territory of Bangladesh.

“India would be benefited one-sidedly as the Bangladeshi authority provides them transit facility using the territory of Bangladesh. On the other side, Bangladesh would be a big looser.

Keeping the countrymen in complete darkness, already the unloading activities of the Indian goods has began in the Ashuganj river port of the Brahmanbaria district and subsequently these goods are being taken to northeastern states of India. The roads of Bangladesh are not suitable for the heavy vehicle transportations. If the Indian heavy vehicles start moving in such poor condition even before the infrastructure complete, then the roads would become completely unfit. The Indian authority would not take responsibility for the repair and reconstruction of the Bangladeshi roads. Bangladesh has to bear this cost. Resultantly, Bangladesh has to lose billions of money each year. Besides, this entire transit project would pose serious security threat to Bangladesh, apprehend the experts.

The government in one side, arresting thousands of people unlawfully in the name of detaining militants every day and keeping the people in panic and tension. On the other, they are providing transit facilities to India without informing the people. This hide and seek policy has raised question among the general masses about the purpose and intention of the ongoing arrest drive.

If India is given this controversial transit facility, it would make millions of Bangladeshi youth, particularly of the North-Eastern region unemployed and simultaneously local business would be hampered. So the news of allowing transit facilities to India has already become an issue of great concern for the Northeastern labors and the country’s businessmen.

An open national level dialogue should be taken place in regards to the approval of the transit facilities to India. But paying no heed to the public view, the government has taken its unilateral decision to give transit facility to India. But we still believe the importance of holding such a dialogue. A comprehensive decision must be taken about this issue after holding such a national dialogue.”