Take back Rohingyas soon, PM asks Myanmar
She visits refugee camps at Ukhiya, distributes relief
Our Cox's Bazar Correspondent
COX'S BAZAR, Sept 12: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday asked Myanmar to take back their Rohingya nationals from Bangladesh as early as possible.
"We have sheltered several thousands of Rohingyas in Bangladesh on humanitarian ground," she said.
Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League President, said this while visiting Rohingya-registered camp and distributing relief materials among the refugees at Kutupalong Bazar in Ukhiya of Cox's Bazar.
The Prime Minister also talked to a number of refugees and consoled them and adored the minors. A heart-rending scene was created when the refugees narrated their ordeals before Sheikh Hasina that they left their homeland due to the persecution of the Myanmar authorities.
The Prime Minister said, "We must stay beside the Myanmar refugees and extend all kinds of help to them and as long as they do not return to their country we will remain beside them."
"We sheltered them on humanitarian ground but we will not allow them to conduct any terrorist acts using Bangladesh territory," she warned.
Sheikh Hasina also called upon Myanmar to stop killing Rohingyas and repression on them.
"We want friendly co-existence with the neighbouring country and we want peaceful resolution of Rohingya influx issue from Myanmar. They will have to find out the main culprits and it has to ensure punishment of those culprits. We will extend our support as a neighbouring country whatever is necessary," she said.
"We do not want any war with Myanmar. But if Myanmar continues to commit such crimes it will not be tolerated," she added.
Sheikh Hasina said, "Still, the fire is burning there and the people cannot find out their lost family members. The bodies of infants and women are floating on the Naf River, these go completely against humanity and are violation of human rights."
"What sin and crimes these innocent children, women and people have committed. We cannot tolerate such activities," she said.
The Prime Minister said Bangladesh protest these injustice and inhumane attitudes towards the Rohingya people in Rakhine State, and renewed her call to the international community to mount pressure on the Myanmar government to take back their nationals.
"Myanmar has to take back their nationals and give them a safe place to live in their homeland. The international community should put pressure on Myanmar as they're committing such atrocities on Rohingya people. This has to stop," she added.
Sheikh Hasina said thousands of people are suffering and they became homeless due to the misdeeds of some elements and therefore appropriate actions will have to taken so that such incidents do not recur.
The Prime Minister also drew Myanmar's attention to the fact that the massive exodus of its own population was tarnishing its image.
"This is not a dignified thing for a country" while asking them to take back the refugees," she said.
The Prime Minister also requested the local people to look after the Myanmar refugees so that they don't suffer miseries.
Sheikh Hasina mentioned that many international organisations extended their helping hands to the Myanmar refugees while our government providing relief goods to the refugees regularly and formed a committee to monitor the effort.
Besides, she said the Awami League, local administration, army and other law enforcement agencies were providing humanitarian services to the refugees.
Sheikh Hasina said the government was collecting names, addresses and identities of the Myanmar refugees.
"We know their problems and it's our responsibility to look after them. That's why we have taken these measures so that they live here properly and don't lead an inhuman life," she said.
The Prime Minister also urged all concerned to stay alert so that none can capitalizes on the miseries of the Myanmar refugees.
During the camp visit Sheikh Hasina was accompanied by her sister Sheikh Rehana, Housing Minister Mosharraf Hossain, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader, Disaster Management Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Chief Whip ASM Feroze, State Minister for Land Saifuzzaman Chowdhury Javed, Whip Iqbalur Rahim.
Army Chief Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq and Sheikh Rehana's daughter-in-law and senior IMO official Peppi Siddiq also accompanied the Prime Minister during the visit.