Admire young people expressing their concerns: Salman Khurshid
Dhaka: As Dhaka remained jammed for nearly two weeks because of protests by students and youth who are demanding capital punishment for the "traitors" of the 1971 Liberation War, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Saturday expressed admiration for the protestors, saying such acts revived faith in democracy.
"It is wonderful to see young people expressing themselves and their dreams...It revives the strongest faith in democracy. The young people in all countries, I not only respect them but applaud them" for expressing their concerns.
He made the remarks when asked for a reaction to the street protests going for 12 days here.
While not directly commenting on the issues being raised by the protesters, Khurshid, who is here on an visit, said "on terrorism and extremism, we have received valuable cooperation and assistance from Bangladesh".
Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dipu Moni, who was present at the joint press conference with Khurshid, said her country was "born with the ideals of secularism" as it had suffered genocide by religious extremists in the past.
"People from all walks of life, all ages are participating in these protests. Our government will definitely consider the people`s demands," she said, adding that the Election Commission of Bangladesh also had a role to play in the matter.
The protestors are also demanding banning of the Jamaat-e-Islami, apart from death penalty to five persons convicted and sentenced to life for committing crimes and siding with the West Pakistani forces during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War.
The demonstrators are staging demonstrations chanting slogans beating drums, singing 1971 Liberation War time songs and eliminating candles for the past 12 days while their campaign spread across Bangladesh with youngsters staging identical sit-ins in major cities and towns.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- What Muslims think about Ram Mandir issue?
- Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad barred from flying after his assault on AI staffer
- Martyrs' Day: Nation remembers Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru for their sacrifice
- London terrorist attack leaves five dead, including police officer
- Do not put unnecessary pressure on police: PM Modi tells UP BJP MPs
- Hukumdev Narain Yadav to be new Vice-President of India?
- 400 Trinamool Congress members including many TMC stalwarts join BJP in Tripura
- Unable to meet educational expenses, Muslim girl writes to PM Narendra Modi – Know what happened next
- Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru were hanged on 23 March 1931 – This is how PM Modi paid tribute today
- Mulayam Singh Yadav's son Prateek, his daughter-in-law Aparna meet UP CM Yogi Adityanath - Know why