Tuesday, 28 September, 2021

Extradite killer of Bangabandhu

Hasina urges Trudeau in telephone talks

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau phoned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday morning when they discussed ways to combat terrorism across the world.

The two leaders underscored the need for initiating a global movement against terrorism, urging the international community to act together to uproot the phenomenon, reports UNB.

“The Canadian prime minister strongly denounced the terrorist attacks on two Christchurch mosques in New Zealand,” PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim told journalists after the 20-minute telephonic conversation.

He said the Canadian prime minister heaved a sigh of relief that members of Bangladesh cricket team escaped the Friday’s attacks that left 50 people, including five Bangla-deshis, dead and scores of others injured.

Trudeau expressed deep condolence for the loss of lives in the New Zealand mosque attacks, he said.

The press secretary quoted Sheikh Hasina as telling Trudeau that there is a need for initiating a global movement against terrorism.

“The Canadian prime minister backed the Bangladesh prime minister’s view and said the world community should act together to stamp out terrorism.

Reiterating her government’s policy of ‘zero tolerance’ to terrorism, Hasina said Bangladesh denounces terrorism in all forms and manifestations.

“Bangladesh is a land of peace and communal harmony, and we’ve asked law enforcement agencies to keep strong vigil and protect all the worship places, including mosques, temples, churches and pagodas,” she said.

The Bangladesh Prime Minister said Islam does not allow terrorism in any forms and the terrorists have no religion and boundary.

Hasina told Trudeau that Bangladesh government has taken concerted efforts for ensuring the safety and security of people and rooting out terrorism from society.

The Bangladesh Prime Minister renewed her call to extradite Bangabandhu’s self-confessed killer Noor Chowdhury who is now staying in Canada. “Fleeing justice, Noor Chowdhury is presently living in Canada. It would be a great service to the rule of law if Canada hands over the killer to Bangladesh so he faces justice,” she said.

In response, the Canadian Prime Minister said that it is a legal matter and “we’ll look into it”. Hasina expressed her firm optimism that Bangladesh and Canada will remain engaged further in mutually cooperative, supportive and respectful partners in the journey towards further development and progress.

She invited Trudeau to visit Bangladesh and wished his success in the upcoming Canadian polls.

The Canadian Prime Minister extended his heartfelt congratulations to Sheikh Hasina on her party’s landslide victory in the last general election and her assumption of office as the prime minister for the fourth time.