Taliban warns B`desh against sending troops to Afghanistan

The Taliban has warned Bangladesh not to send its troops to Afghanistan following a plea by US to help the multi-national forces bring stability in the war-torn nation.

Last Updated: Sep 28, 2010, 21:13 PM IST

Dhaka: The Taliban has warned Bangladesh
not to send its troops to Afghanistan following a plea by
US to help the multi-national forces bring stability in the
war-torn nation.

Richard Holbrooke, the US Special envoy for
Afghanistan and Pakistan, made the plea for Bangladeshi troops
to Foreign Minister Dipu Moni at a meeting in New York.

Besides deploying troops, Washington also wants Dhaka
to assist in training Afghan law enforcement agencies and
provide economic and development assistance to the country,
according to foreign ministry officials here.

The USA monitoring service SITE intelligence group
published a report with the headline "Afghan Taliban reacts to
US requesting troops from Bangladesh" in this regard on
September 27.

The Taliban told Bangladesh to refuse the US request
to deploy combat troops in Afghanistan.

Describing Bangladesh as America`s important friend,
Holbrooke told Moni that US needed help to ensure security in
Afghanistan, a government statement said here.

Moni assured the US envoy of further talks on the
issue, reports BBC Bengali Service.

The Foreign Minister had told the US envoy that Dhaka
would do its best to help restore peace in Afghanistan, as
calm in the war-torn nation will lead to the stability in
South Asia.

Though Bangladesh has no troops in Afghanistan, it is
a major contributor to the United Nations peacekeeping
missions across the world.

The US has praised her campaign against terrorism in
country amid earlier warning that Islamist militants may be
trying to regroup in the country.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has looked beyond her
borders to tackle the terror menace by floating the idea of a
regional terror mechanism involving all states in South Asia.

She has underlined her government`s determination to
root out terrorism from Bangladesh.

PTI