“What is Bangladesh’s problem now, if not solved, will be problem for you and then others,” said Toufique Hasan, Bangladesh deputy high commissioner, at a seminar on the Rohingya issue in Kolkata. “Suppose there is fire in economy class of an airplane. All (passengers) in economy class cannot control the fire by themselves. Do you think business class passengers will not come for help? If they do not come for help, the entire plane will be on fire and they will all die,” said Hasan.
The seminar was organised by Bharat-Bangladesh Maitri Samiti at the Calcutta Press Club. “Now it (Rohingyas) is a problem for Bangladesh. If it is not solved, it will become a problem for you and then for all others. We hope all countries in the region will join hands to find a solution to the issue,” said Hasan.
The deputy high commissioner went on to detail steps taken by Bangladesh to let refugees stay on humanitarian grounds. “You are aware that over 6 lakh Rohingya refugees entered our country recently. During 1978, 91-92, 2012 and 2016, over 4 lakh refugees entered from Myanmar. There are over 10 lakh Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh now,” said Hasan.
“Our Prime minister Sheikh Hasina said in the UN that if we can feed Bangladesh citizens, we will also feed 10 lakh Rohingya refugees. She understands the pain of a refugee because after the assasination of her father Bangabandhu Mujibur Rahman, she and her sister lived likes refugees,” said Hasan.