Amir of Bangladesh Jamate Islami Moulana Motiur Rahman Nijami yesterday emphasised on the need for forging national unity and consensus against the construction of Tipaimukh dam by India and the decision to the government to give corridor to India in the name of Asian Highway to protect the freedom and sovereignty of the country.
He also said that when the people of the country were vigorous against the construction of Tipaimukh dam in the interest of the country, the cabinet of the present government was not cordial to take initiatives to stop the construction of the dam.
He said these while addressing as chief guest at a discussion on 'Tipaimukh Dam and Asian Highway: Responsibility of the Patriots' at the Dr MA Hadi Auditorium in the city.
National Youth Forum organised the discussion to mark its 3rd founding anniversary with its President Mohammad Saidur Rahman in the chair.
The discussion was addressed, among others, by former minister and Amir of Bangladesh Khelafat Majlis Principal Moulana Mohammad Ishak, President of Jatiya Gonotantrik Party Shafiul Alam Prodhan, Assistant General Secretary of Bangladesh Jamate Islami Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, President of National People's Party Sheikh Sawkat Hossain Nilu, President of Nejame Islam Party Advocate Moulana MA Rakib, General Secretary of Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal and General Secretary of Islami Oikya Jote Moulana Abdul Latif Nejami.
Motiur Rahman Nijami, also former minister said that the government should not go for negotiations with India and should not send parliamentary committee without having basic information about the Tipaimukh dam, which would be a death trap for the country.
He called upon the government not to sign the agreement of corridor to India in the name of being connected with Asian Highway Network saying that the highway would be a threat to the sovereignty of the country. If the country is connected with the highway, the country would be a free market of India, he added.
The speakers said that the government should reach an understanding with all opposition parties over the Tipaimukh dam issue and mount diplomatic pressure on the Indian government to resist it from constructing the dam.
They called upon the government to send an expert team to India to visit the dam site before sending the proposed parliamentary committee.