Foreign friends’ IS claim in travel advisories unacceptable, says govt
13 October 2015, Nirapad News: The government is apparently unhappy over the language of travel advisories for Bangladesh issued by some particular countries tagging IS issue with twin killings without any ‘credible information’ and will request those countries to withdraw it.
“Despite having no credible information, they’re citing it. This is not acceptable to Bangladesh,” State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam told UNB.
On the evening of September 28, an Italian citizen was shot and killed at Road 90 of the Gulshan diplomatic zone in Dhaka and on the morning of October 3, a Japanese citizen was shot and killed in Rangpur district.
The UK government in its travel advisory mentioned that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has claimed responsibility for
both murders, Shahriar said.
However, Australia said there are reports that the ISIL has claimed responsibility for this attack, although this is yet to be confirmed,
he said adding that Bangladesh can accept up to that at best but the claim without verified information is not acceptable.
“We’ve taken a decision that the countries that are still claiming IS link (behind the killings) without confirming it, we’ll request them
to withdraw it. Because, this will obviously dent the image of Bangladesh,” said the State Minister.
He said they are ready to discuss if the foreign countries have any credible information on that front. “We’re a peaceful and
peace-loving nation. Killing of our two foreign guests is certainly regrettable. But that doesn’t mean that everything will be stopped in
Bangladesh,” said the State Minister.
Without blaming any country, Shahriar said the individual’s decision to cancel tour based on travel advisories is something ‘purely
overreaction’. Many big incidents are happening around the world regularly but business remains as usual, he added.
Shahriar also said over a period of time, confidence will be restored as the government is giving its best efforts to investigate the
incidents and indentify the perpetrators.
Responding to another question, the State Minister said there is no confusion that there is no existence of IS in Bangladesh. “There
shouldn’t be any reason to have confusion over it.”
He also mentioned that there has been effort for a long time by a certain quarter to create instability in the country but the
government is determined to maintain peaceful environment.
Earlier, the government gave foreign diplomats here a ‘full picture’ of what it is doing after the killing of two foreign nationals.
They were also assured by the government of a fair and professional investigation into the matters.
Earlier, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said the government is giving the highest priority to the arrest of the killers of Ceasare Tavella and Hoshi Kunio.