A close aide of Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today described the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) as "pro-Pakistan and pro-China" and urged India not to allow it to operate in the country.
Delivering a talk here on "Indo-Bangladesh: Historical and contemporary perspective", Hossain Toufique Imam, Political Advisor to Hasina, also alleged that the opposition party in Bangladesh worked against India's interests.
Replying to a question on a recent visit by some BNP leaders to Delhi, Imam said, "The BNP is pro-Pakistan, pro-Jamaat-e-Islami. I don't think any sensible government here or in Bangladesh will ever tolerate them. Both countries have to deal with this problem together.
"The BNP is an extension of the Jamaat-e-Islami today. It should not be allowed to operate in your country. I know some of the BNP leaders who had been visiting India. If you see their record, they are not only pro-Pakistan, but also extremely pro-China, and they work together against the interests of India."
The talk was organised by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF).
Imam expressed optimism that the Teesta water-sharing agreement would be signed between India and Bangladesh soon and said the issue was no longer a problem for the governments, even though the opposition parties in his country would try to use it in their poll campaigns.
"Today or tomorrow, a formal agreement will be signed. Let us be patient. It is no longer a problem between the two neighbours. This is because of the goodwill shared by the two governments.
"Problems can only be sorted out through discussions and mutual help. We are taking the problems one by one and trying to solve them. In elections also, I think it (Teesta) will not be a major issue," he added.
Promising full cooperation to India in its fight against terrorism, Imam asserted that the Awami League government in Bangladesh would not allow controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik access to the country as it was committed to its declared zero-tolerance policy towards terrorism.
"The soil of Bangladesh will never be allowed to be used by elements, who are hostile to our neighbours," he said.
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