B`desh govt dismisses concern over `special security` in IHC
Last Updated: Sunday, December 27, 2009, 18:54
Dhaka: The government has dismissed concerns that a reported Indian plan to engage its own security forces in its High Commission here would undermine the sovereignty of Bangladesh.

"The embassy or High Commission compound is the sovereign area of that particular country... the security arrangement inside it is their internal matter," Foreign Secretary Mohamed Mijarul Quayes said.

The Foreign Ministry rubbished concerns expressed by main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) that a reported Indian plan to engage its own security forces for the safety of the High Commission in Dhaka would undermine the country's "sovereignty".

Quayes, however, said he was yet to be officially informed about the Indian plan. He underlined that Bangladesh would have nothing to oppose unless it contradicted the domestic law.

His comments came a day after BNP expressed concerns over a newspaper report that a 50-member special Indian security force would arrive here for the safety of the High Commission and the envoy.

BNP secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain said the "unusual and unprecedented" move by India was "not acceptable".

"We think it is unusual and unprecedented...It is not acceptable at all and people of an independent country will not accept it in any way," Hossain told reporters yesterday.

Newspaper reports about the Indian plan came a month after police arrested four suspected Pakistani and Bangladeshi operatives of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) who allegedly planned to attack the Indian High Commission and the US embassy in the capital.

A subsequent email threat by unidentified people prompted authorities to step up security of the Indian envoy and its High Commission.


First Published: Sunday, December 27, 2009, 18:54

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