Friday, June 26, 2009

IAB asks govt to stop construction of Tipaimukh Dam

Staff Reporter

Islami Andolan Bangladesh (IAB) yesterday said that it would be getting ready for a long march towards Tipaimukh Dam if the government fails to take strong measures to stop its construction.

Addressing a press conference at the IAB office at Purana Paltan, the IAB leaders also demanded immediate withdrawal of the Indian High Commissioner Pinak Ranjan Chakrabarti for his "objectionable" remarks cantering the Tipaimukh Dam issue. The Indian envoy has been making comments on the issue violating diplomatic norms, they said.

They also demanded the resignation of Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni and Water Resources Minister Romesh Chandra Sen saying that they failed to protect the country's interest on Tipaimukh dam issue.

Ameer of IAB Syed Md Fazlul Karim, who is also Pirsaheb Chormonai, read out a written statement at the press conference. It was attended, among others, by General Secretary of IAB Principal Moulana Yunus Ahmed, Presidium Members Moulana Nurul Huda Fayezi and Moulana Syed Musaddek Billah Al Madni, Prof Md Mahbubur Rahman, Prof Moulana ATM Hemyet Uddin, Prof Syed Belayet Hossain, Moulana Ahmed Abdul Kaiyum and Mohammad Monirul Islam.

Pirsaheb Chormonai said that the independence and sovereignty of the country is now threatened due to its weak-kneed foreign policy.

He also said that the government wants to give corridor to India in the name of the Asian Highway Network. If the government signs the agreement to be connected with the highway, they would launch a strong movement, he warned.

He called upon the people to be united against the construction of Tipaimukh dam and Asian Highway in the interest of the country and said these are not any political issue.

Replying to a question, the IAB leaders said that they would strongly oppose if the government signs any agreement on Tipaimukh dam issue like Farakka as per the announcement of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Meanwhile, President of Bangladesh National Awami Party (NAP) and former minister Shafikul Gani Swapan and Acting General Secretary KM Gulam Mostafa protested the remarks of Indian High Commissioner stating that the remarks were the violation of diplomatic conduct.

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