Bangladesh foreign minister cancels India visit after CAB

Bangladesh foreign minister cancels India visit after CAB

Agency News

Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen cancelled his visit to India on Thursday hours before he was to land in the national capital to participate in Delhi Dialogue.

The event was arranged by the foreign ministry. Dhaka hasn’t made any public comment on the reasons behind the decision. But there have been indications about the discomfort in Bangladesh over the past few days about the government’s justification to liberalise the citizenship law for religious minorities from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.

Bangalesh Minister’s move comes a day after Parliament cleared Citizenship (Amendment) Bill(CAB), a law to grant citizenship to religious minorities from three Muslim-majority countries including Bangladesh on grounds that they were being persecuted.

“What they are saying in regards to torture on Hindus is unwarranted as well as untrue,” the foreign minister told Dhaka Tribune on Tuesday. He added: “There are very few countries in the world where communal harmony is as good as in Bangladesh. We have no minorities. We are all equal. If he [Amit Shah] stayed in Bangladesh for a few months, he would see the exemplary communal harmony in our country.”