Dhaka – Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief Khaleda Zia has accused the government of failing in its diplomatic efforts to return hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims, who crossed into Bangladesh fleeing persecution in neighbouring Myanmar.
Khaleda, a former prime minister, made the accusation Monday while distributing relief goods at a camp in south-eastern Bangladeshi district of Cox’s Bazar, where the Rohingya Muslims are sheltered in squalid camps.
She also urged the international community to scale up humanitarian responses for the stateless people as according to her the government efforts were not sufficient.
Khaleda, who was distributing relief at Moynar Ghuna unregistered camp located in Ukhiya sub-district, started the trip from Dhaka on Saturday. Her motorcade came under attack in Feni. The government and opposition have been blaming each other for the attack.
The BNP chief also accused the ruling Awami League party and said the government would not get away with this.
Thousands of people greeted the former prime minster on the wayside as she started from Cox’s Bazar town to the makeshift Rohingya camp. Khaleda has been in London on a private trip when the Rohingya crisis began on August 25. She arrived in Dhaka on October 18.
An estimated 605,000 refugees have arrived in Bangladesh since violence broke out in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state in late August, according to the United Nations High Commission for Refugee.