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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

"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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