Bangladesh newspaper condemns India’s ‘hasty conclusions’

May 19th, 2008 - 12:39 pm ICT by admin  

Dhaka, May 19 (IANS) India’s “knee-jerk reactions”, accusing Bangladesh-based militant outfits of causing the blasts in Jaipur last week, will be “counter-productive”, a section of the media here warned Monday. The reaction came as the caretaker government rejected India’s charges and asked the media not to speculate on who could be behind the blasts that killed 61 people in the Indian city of Jaipur.

While Dhaka resorted to blanket denial, English language newspaper The Daily Star Monday warned the government against taking “the usual view that we have no terrorists amidst us”.

“After our own experience with Bangla Bhai, HuJI (Harkat-ul Jehadi Islami), and terrorism, we must take the issue of terrorism more seriously, which, thankfully, we are doing,” the newspaper said in an editorial.

It recommended “very close cooperation between Bangladesh and India in defeating terrorism of all types and forms”.

The editorial accused the Indian government and the media of reaching “hasty conclusions” and displaying “cavalier manner” in writings that accuse another country.

The newspaper questioned how Indian authorities had named HuJI while ruling out the role of Pakistan-based militant organisations like the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba. “How is it that these organisations have suddenly gone off the radar?” the newspaper asked.

It has also questioned the wisdom of the Rajasthan Police in identifying the culprits as HuJI activists on the basis of bags, reportedly with Bangladeshi markings, in which explosives were transported to Jaipur.

“To suggest, before any inquiries are conducted, that Bangladeshis are involved is to show scant regard for Bangladesh’s image in the global community. Indeed, it all amounts to posturing of a bad sort when what is required is a detailed, serious investigation into the blast incidents. Such posturing and counter-posturing can only open the floodgates to mistrust, with telling effect,” the editorial said.

Bangladesh’s Foreign Adviser Iftikhar Ahmed Chowdhury last week said that Indian officials and media should not make allegations without holding proper investigations.

The Bangladesh-based HuJI has been been “marginalised”, Dhaka has said. However, the Bangladeshi media has reported that HUJI and other groups are regrouping and throwing up new leaders, even as the government hunts them.

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