ON A day the Indian envoy in Bangladesh visited the Ramakrishna Mission in Dhaka, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called the attacks on minorities in Bangladesh “very unfortunate” but added that the Bangladesh government was making all efforts to combat the situation.
Responding to questions, Swaraj, in her annual press conference, said, “These incidents are extremely unfortunate and painful… the Sheikh Hasina government is making all efforts to combat the situation.”
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“Over 1 lakh Islamic gurus have called these attacks unIslamic… this shows that the government and the citizens are against such incidents,” she said. She was referring to reports that Islamic scholars in Bangladesh had issued a fatwa, declaring militancy and terrorism in the name of Islam as “haram” while voicing concern over killings of Hindus and secular writers by Islamists.
Indian envoy in Bangladesh Harsh Vardhan Shringla visited the RK Mission premises in Dhaka on Sunday, four days after a suspected IS militant issued a death threat to one of its priests. He said that India can offer its “fullest support for whatever steps are taken” in Bangladesh to tackle the problem, and expressed satisfaction at the security around the premises.