Bangladesh Got Legitimate Share Of Maritime Boundary: Syed Ashraful Islam


Awami League General Secretary and LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam today said Bangladesh got legitimate share of maritime boundary with India in the international arbitration.

"It's a victory not defeating anyone as it was not earned through war. It has been done through law (arbitration). Bangladesh approached the court. Through this Sheikh Hasina has proved that peace could be established taking recourse to law not opting for war and hostilities," he said thanking the Indian government for accepting the court's verdict.

Syed Ashraf was speaking at a public rally in front of Awami League central office at Bangabandhu Avenue in the city. The rally was followed by a "joy march".

Dhaka City Awami League (AL) organised the public rally followed by a joy march hailing the country's victory in its maritime dispute with India as the Hague-based international arbitral tribunal delivered its verdict Monday awarding Bangladesh 19,467 square kilometres area out of disputed 25,602 square kilometres in the Bay of Bengal.

The AL general secretary said, "None approached the court before raising the issue of maritime dispute. Zia, Ershad and Khaleda Zia were in power in terms but none raised the issue. Sheikh Hasina approached the courts against Myanmar in 2009 and against India in 2013. Bangladesh got the verdict in its favour. That's the difference between Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia. She (Sheikh Hasina) has been doing whatever necessary for the sake of the country."

Referring to Bangabandhu's foreign policy, Syed Ashraf said, "No solution could be reached waging war . . . Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan are the glaring instances. Israel and the Palestine are at war for six decades without any solution. But, our philosophy is that friendship to all, malice to none."

Bitterly criticizing BNP's remarks on Talpatti island, Awami League presidium member Begum Matia Chowdhury told the rally, "They are coming up with remarks on a non-existent matter. The Talpatti island was swallowed by the bay in 1986 and there is no existence of it now. They have been wailing over a non-existent issue."

Another presidium member of AL Abdul Latif Siddiqui said, "Though Bangladesh won, its defeat for a person. Though all in the country were delighted, one person couldn't be happy over Bangladesh's victory. It's a defeat for those who won't believe in Bangladesh. In the real sense of the term, it's a defeat for Khaleda Zia and her party."

Acting president of Dhaka City AL MA Aziz presided over the rally, also addressed, among others, by joint general secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, publicity and publication affairs secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud, organising secretary Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Dhaka City AL general secretary Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya (Bir Bikram) and joint secretary Advocate Qamrul Islam.

Later, a large joy procession was brought out from the rally venue. The slogan-chanting marchers of AL and its associate bodies paraded Syed Nazrul Islam Sarani, Noor Hossain Square, Paltan intersection, Topkhana Road and ended the march in front of the National Press Club.

-Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha