22nd Anniversary of CHT peace accord
Govt has implemented most provisions: Murad
State Minister for Information Dr Murad Hasan today said most of the provisions of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord have been implemented while the rest will also be implemented gradually."The implementation of the peace accord is an ongoing process… The government gives priority to the people of the CHT areas and evaluates them. There is no dearth in Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's sincerity to implement the treaty. She has taken every initiative to implement the accord," he said.
The state minister was addressing a roundtable discussion titled 'CHT Peace Accord: Expectation of CHT People,
Achievements, Challenges and Responsibility' organized by Bangla daily the Bhorer Kagoj at the Jatiya Press Club (JPC) here.
University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Professor Dr Abdul Mannan presided over the discussion, addressed by Dhaka University (DU) Professor Syed Anwar Hossain, security analyst Major General (Retd) Abdur Rashid, senior journalist Abu Sayeed Khan, Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists (BFUJ) former president Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul, Secretary of CHT Affairs Ministry Md Mesbahul Islam and former ambassador M Shafiullah as special guests.
Murad said diplomatic prudence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is recognized all over the world.
She is speaking in all international forums, including the United Nations, about repatriation of the forcibly displaced Rohingya people to their homeland in Myanmar with full dignity of citizenship and trying to draw the attention of the world community, he added.
Noting that the main problems of the CHT areas are establishing supremacy, grabbing land, conflicts over land, extortion, use of firearms and internal conflicts, the state minister urged the local public representatives and conscious people to come forward to resolve those problems.
"Our identity is - we are Bengal… there is nothing in the name of minority or indigenous. Some names might have been used in regional basis. But those names have been used to include them with the mainstream of society as they are the people of a backward section," he added.
They are not of any separate identity, but Bengali, he said, adding there is no scope to talk over the definition of (Bengali).
Moderated by Bhorer Kagoj Editor Shyamal Dutta, Additional Secretaries of the CHT Affairs Ministry Sudatta Chakma and Md Abdus Sattar, Lakshmichhari Upazila Chairman Babul Chowdhury, Rangamati Upazila Chairman Md Shahiduzzaman Mahsin (Ruman), Khagrachhari district Awami League (AL) Organizational Secretary Didarul Alam and former president of Khagrachhari district Chhatra League Hemanta Tripura took part in the discussion, among others. -BSS.