Dhaka, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said a vested quarter is cooking a plot behind the scene to taint Bangladesh’s image to create a situation like in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq and Syria saying that there is the presence of Islamic State (IS) in the country,UNB reports.
“There’s a tremendous international pressure on Bangladesh after some recent incidents to make us admit that there’s the presence of Islamic State here [Bangladesh],” she told a press conference at her official residence Ganabhaban.
The press conference was arranged to brief the media about the outcome of her just-concluded three-day visit to the Netherlands. Hasina said it was very much regretful that a section of people of the country is also trying to prove that there is the presence of IS in Bangladesh.
“We definitely don’t expect any situation in Bangladesh as in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria and Libya …we don’t want anybody to use our lands,” she said. The Prime Minister, however, did not mention any country or quarter or person name engaged in such a plot.
Sheikh Hasina, also the President of the ruling Awami League, said the recent incidents in the country had been carried out in a planned way. “They’ve got many plans for the future, too… they want to go to a greater length just to get it done that Bangladesh is an unsafe place,” she said.
Compared to the incidents taking place in any city of the USA and the UK, she said Bangladesh is a very much safe place. The ruling party chief said the international quarter and the local vested group want the government to admit that there is IS in Bangladesh. “If they succeed, they’ll just prey on us, many have that type of planning,” she told the journalists.
Sheikh Hasina said if these vested groups managed to prove that Bangladesh has IS or militants, what will be the situation of the people of this country. “The people of Bangladesh will have to think about that. It’s clear who are doing this.”
The Prime Minister went on saying, “I want to say it clearly that we’re seeing who are doing this…those who have been held for their alleged involvement in such incidents are the members of a particular political party. During their student life, they were involved in Chhatra Shibir or involved in BNP. We’re not seeing anyone else out of this.”
Hasina said at a time when the country is marching forward they [vested quarters] are trying to establish that Bangladesh is not safe. “This has been created artificially.” Talking about capturing the financiers of these incidents and the lobbyists appointed to tarnish Bangladesh’s image, the Prime Minister clearly said her government has already got some information about this.
“One party is financing and another is involved in killing and murdering. This is clear, we have some information and are trying to assemble more information about that,” she said.