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'Pro-Pak, pro-China BNP should not be allowed to operate in India'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

A of Bangladeshi today described the Nationalist Party (BNP) as "pro-and pro-China" and urged 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 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- I don't think any sensible here or in will ever tolerate them. Both countries have to deal with this problem together.

"The BNP is an extension of the today. It should not be allowed to operate in your country. I know some of the BNP leaders who had been visiting If you see their record, they are not only pro-Pakistan, but also extremely pro-China, and they work together against the interests of "

The talk was organised by the (ORF).

According to media reports, three BNP leaders visited and last month to meet two top BJP leaders and also some representatives of the

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 in Bangladesh would not allow controversial Islamic 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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First Published: Sat, July 07 2018. 19:55 IST