Asserting that Pakistan has time and again been involved with domestic terrorist networks, Bangladesh information minister Hasanul Haq Inu today said Islamabad still continues with its policy of harbouring terrorists, adding that it is very sad development associated with the South Asian region.
Inu, who is currently on an official visit to India, told ANI, "Pakistan from the days of liberation was aggressive. They were involved in war crimes and atrocities. So after that, for the long 45 years, Pakistan has not changed much. Though we have developed diplomatic relations and we are part of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) process."
Inu also accused Pakistan of being involved with the domestic home-grown terrorist networks of Bangladesh. He said that this was the reason why Bangladeshi authorities had to ask Pakistani authorities to withdraw certain diplomats from Bangladesh.
"We think that Pakistan is still continuing a policy of harbouring terrorism, that is very sad for the subcontinent," he added.
"We think that Pakistan is still continuing a policy of harbouring terrorism, that is very sad for the subcontinent."
On the progress of investigation to the recent terror attacks in his country, he said, "The status of Gulshan and Sholakia attacks is that we have unearthed and found what organisation they belong to, and what we have found is that belong to a domestic organisation of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh(JMB) and there is no connection with any foreign terrorist network whatsoever."
He added the Gulshan and Sholakia attacks were totally planned and executed by home-grown terrorist networks.
The deadly attack last month killed 20 people, including nine Italians, seven Japanese, one Indian, one Bangladeshi American and two Bangladeshis at Holey Artisan Bakery in Gulshan, after assailants stormed the cafe and took people hostage.
The 12-hour-long hostage crisis at the cafe ended after a two-hour long assault by armed forces` commandos killing six gunmen.
The Sholakia attack came days after when three suspected assailants attacked the Eidgah where thousands had gathered to offer Eid prayers.