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Bangladesh accuses Pakistan of interfering in its internal affairs


After India and Afghanistan, Bangladesh has accused Pakistan of interfering in its internal affairs and attempting to create unrest.

It has accused Pakistan-based Al Khidmat Foundation of organising a massive rally for Rohingya refugees in Chittagong area this week, ET has learnt. The foundation is allegedly supported by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence and had supported Al Qaeda in the past.

As many as 200,000 Rohingyas participated in a rally in a camp in Cox Bazar on Sunday to mark two years since they fled Myanmar. This was the biggest Rohingya rally so far in Bangladesh.

The Al Khidmat Foundation allegedly provided funds for organising the rally, even as the local authorities probe the growing network of the foundation in Bangladesh, people aware of the matter told ET from Dhaka.

The foundation, which has links with Jamaat-e-Islami (banned group in Bangladesh), has spread its presence in Southeast Asia and parts of West Asia.

“Pakistan is fishing in troubled waters and wants to disturb peace in Bangladesh by recruiting terrorists from Rohingya refugees,” said a person, who did not wish to be identified. “The Sheikh Hasina government has zero tolerance against terrorism. The authorities in Dhaka are worried about infiltration of extremists among Rohingyas which will pose security challenge for both Bangladesh and India.”

Jamaat-e-Islami continues to maintain links with Pakistan, even as its leaders who were involved in 1971 war crimes have been executed by the Hasina government over the past decade. The group had sent cadres to Afghanistan during the 1980s.

Bangladesh-Pakistan ties are at an all-time low, with minimum diplomatic contacts.