Dhaka, Sep 1 : Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen on Sunday categorically said that those who have been left out of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam are completely Indian citizens.
''They are not Bangladeshis. No Bangladeshi went to India for settlement there after 1971,'' he said, while talking to journalists after inaugurating a sports programme, here in Dhaka Club.
The Minister came up with the remarks, when journalists drew his attention to the NRC issue.
The Sheikh Kamal Memorial 1st SAARC Snooker Championship 2019, jointly organised by the Dhaka Club and the Bangladesh Billiards and Snooker Federation (BBSF), will begin in the capital on Monday.
Teams from Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are participating in the tournament, sponsored by Beximco Group, one of the leading business conglomerates in Bangladesh.
Impact PR is the media partner of the tournament. The Foreign Minister inaugurated the international tournament as chief guest on the premises of Dhaka Club at 5PM today (Sunday).
While inaugurating the tournament, Abdul Momen said that there is violence across nations in the world. Such kind of sporting event will play a pivotal role in strengthening people to people relations, irrespective of caste, culture and religion.
The minister also hoped that the event will increase relations among the people of SAARC nations.
Secretary of Bangladesh Billiards and Snooker Federation (BBSF) Syed Mahbub, Tournament Director A Ibrahim Kazu, Dhaka Club Representative and Member In-charge - Development, Billiards, Snooker and Tennis Dr Zahirul Islam, members of the Executive Committee of the Dhaka Club, members of the club’s Billiards Sub-Committee, officials and other members of the Billiards and Snooker Federation and officials of the participating clubs attended the inauguration function.
The mega sporting event will continue until September 6.
Salman F. Rahman, Private Industry & Investment Adviser to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, will be the chief guest in the closing ceremony of the event.
Bangladesh has earned the right to field four players as the host nation and two players each from four other participating countries will compete in the tournament.
So, a total of 12 players divided into four groups are playing in the international sporting event. The top two players from each group will qualify for the quarterfinals.
The champion of the tournament would receive a cash prize of USD 2,500 and the runner-up will get USD 1,500, while the two losing Semi finalists will earn USD 500 each.
In addition, the player who will do the maximum breaks (50+) will get USD 500 as prize.
Dhaka Club is one of the oldest social clubs in the country. In addition to the country’s other social clubs, Dhaka Club has a long good association with many popular clubs around the world.
Considering the far-reaching role that sports play in strengthening the friendship and harmony, Dhaka Club in association with BBSF is holding the international event for the first time in Bangladesh.
The organizers expressed hope that such sporting initiatives will continue in the future.