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Nobody departed for Afghanistan to join Taliban: Kamal

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 18 August, 2021 12:00 AM
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Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said nobody left Bangladesh for Afghanistan to join Taliban.

“It was believed that some people went to Afghanistan. Actually, it is untrue as the distance between our country and Afghanistan is about 1,000 miles. There are two other countries between them,” he said while talking to reporters at his secretariat office after emerging from a law and order meeting on Tuesday.

“The people of our country are devoted to religions, but they never approve of militancy,” Kamal said.

On August 14, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) Commissioner Md Shafiqul Islam said that a number of people departed their residences to join Taliban in Afghanistan. He also said they were suspecting that some of them were caught in India while the rest were trying to reach Afghanistan on foot and by other means.

In response to a question if Bangladesh will receive the refugees of Afghanistan, the home minister said that it was not their concern.

He said that teachers and students would face dope tests before recruitment and admission, which will help prevent the scourge of drugs.

At the same time, public servants must undergo the test every year. “If anybody tests positive, legal action will be taken against them,” he said.

He said they discussed how they could save the new generation from drug abuse.

The government has taken various measures to put an end to the use of illegal drugs, Kamal added.