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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Foreigners complicating CHT situation, Sajeda

 The Daily Star, Dhaka,
Wednesday, October 3, 2012, Metropolitan

Foreigners complicating CHT situation
Says Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury

Staff Correspondent

Foreigners running different activities in the name of development in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) are complicating situations in the region, which hinders implementation of the peace treaty, Deputy Leader of Parliament Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury said yesterday.

“Implementation of the peace accord in the CHT region is not only a challenge for Awami League government. Rather it is a national issue. So all political parties need to sit together to find ways to protect the country,” she told a seminar on "CHT: Revisiting the Peace Accord" in the capital.

In his keynote paper, Maj Gen Mohammad Ashab Uddin, who was previously stationed in the CHT, said the armed groups of tribal (indigenous) political parties were involved in destructive activities in the region.

Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) organised the seminar, while Prof Syed Anwar Husain, former ambassador Shamim Ahmed, The Daily Star's Defence and Strategic Affairs Editor Brig Gen (retd) Shahedul Anam Khan, and BIIS Director General Maj Gen Muhammad Imrul Quayes, among others, spoke on the occasion.

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