BNP: Defence deal with India will harm Bangladesh’s sovereignty

BNP leader Amir Khasru says he feels a defense deal is unnecessary at the moment

A proposed defence deal likely to be signed with India during Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s impending Delhi visit, will threaten the sovereignty of Bangladesh, the BNP has claimed.

BNP Standing Committee member Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury said on Monday that he felt such a deal between the neighbours was unnecessary at the moment.

“It will only threaten the sovereignty of Bangladesh,” he told a discussion in Dhaka, without elaborating.

Sheikh Hasina is scheduled to visit India from April 7 to 10. Either a defence deal or memorandum of understanding is expected to be signed between Bangladesh and India during this time.

Khasru questioned Dhaka and Delhi’s motives.

“Bangladesh and India have many pending bilateral issues including the Teesta water sharing treaty. Why are they rushing the defence deal without prioritising other long-standing issues?” he asked.

source: Dhakatribune