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3 ministers asked to deal with US sanctions

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  • 14 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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3 ministers asked to deal with US sanctions

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday entrusted three of her cabinet members with the job to deal with  sanctions recently imposed by the United States of America (USA) against Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and its former and current officials for ‘human rights violations’.

She gave the directives during a regular weekly cabinet meeting at Bangladesh Secretariat by joining it virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban.

The responsibility has been delegated to Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, Law Minister Anisul Huq and Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen to oversee the issue.

“Three ministers have been given the responsibilities to oversee the issue,” Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam informed media of the matter.

Replying to a question, the Cabinet Secretary said that no further discussion was held over the issue as three ministers – home, law and foreign – had already been working on it.

The USA on Friday imposed sanctions on seven former and current officials of RAB.  The US State Department linked the current Inspector General of Police (IGP) and former RAB director general (DG) Benazir Ahmed and former RAB-7 commanding officer Lt Col Miftah Uddin Ahmed with the ‘extrajudicial’ killing of Teknaf Municipality councillor Ekramul Haque during an anti-drug drive in May 2018.

Meanwhile, the US Treasury imposed sanction on Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun, current RAB DG,Khan Mohammad Azad, additional director general (operations) of RAB, Tofayel Mustafa Sorwar, former additional director general (operations) of RAB, Mohammad Jahangir Alam, former additional director general (operations) of RAB, Mohammad Anwar Latif Khan, former additional director general (operations) of RAB.

To this effect, Bangladesh continued to protest against the sanctions, saying it is motivated, unilateral and violation of diplomatic etiquette.

In replying to the sanctions, the Foreign Ministry on Saturday summoned US Ambassador to Bangladesh Earl R Miller and sought explanation on the US human rights-related sanctions.

Conveying Bangladesh’s discontent over the US decision, the Foreign Ministry said the decision was taken unilaterally by the US administration without any prior consultation with the government of Bangladesh.