|Published : 15 Mar 2017, 23:56:19|
No deal with India ruining national interests: BNP
A senior BNP leader warned on Wednesday the government against signing any defence or military deal with India 'sacrificing the interests of the nation' during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's upcoming trip to New Delhi , saying any such move will be suicidal and a threat to the country's sovereignty, reports UNB.
"We have come to know that India has got worried over geo-political security after Bangladesh procured submarines from China and signed various deals with the country. Now India is desperate to sign a defence deal with Bangladesh during the PM's upcoming visit to remove its concerns," BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi told a press conference at the party's Nayapaltan central office in the city.
He said his party thinks if any hasty military or defence deal is signed with India, it will be suicidal for the country and will go against the national interest.
Rizvi said Bangladesh's national security should not depend on India and defence policy could not be shaped according to India's will.
"We want to unequivocally say the people will not accept it if any anti-sovereign covert deal is signed. The people will resist it at any cost," he said.