Bangladesh refutes Indian media reports claiming Pakistan's links to Dhaka attack

Published: July 4, 2016
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Members of the Rapid Action Battalion are seen outside the Holey Artisan restaurant, where gunmen had taken hostages, in the upscale Gulshan area of Dhaka, Bangladesh, July 2, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

Members of the Rapid Action Battalion are seen outside the Holey Artisan restaurant, where gunmen had taken hostages, in the upscale Gulshan area of Dhaka, Bangladesh, July 2, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Bangladesh on Sunday refuted Indian media reports claiming it blamed Pakistan for the recent Dhaka cafe siege which killed at least 20 people.

Terming reports by Indian media as ‘fake’, Adviser to the Bangladesh Prime Minister on International Affairs Professor Gowher Rizvi assured Islamabad Dhaka did not blame Pakistan for the attack.

A letter to Islamabad on behalf of Rizvi in fact urged all countries, including Pakistan, to help Bangladesh in its fight against terror.

20 foreigners killed in Dhaka cafe siege

The Bangladesh High Commission in Islamabad issued a statement which quoted Rizvi as saying, “The statement issued by Indian media was ‘utter nonsense’ and that he has never issued any statement or spoken to any TV channel regarding the issue.”

“Professor Gowher Rizvi wanted me to convey this immediately to Islamabad so that there was no misunderstanding,” the letter read.

On Sunday, NDTV claimed the deadly terror attack was likely enabled by Pakistan’s premier spy agency ISI.

“Hossain Toufique Imam is the political adviser to Sheikh Hasina, the prime minister of Bangladesh. HT Imam told NDTV that the manner in which the hostages, which included a 19-year-old Indian student Tarishi Jain, were killed with machetes suggests the role of a local terrorist group, the banned Jamaatul Mujahideen,” the report said.

Last week, armed militants had killed 20 civilians after taking them hostage in a Bangladesh cafe overnight and many of the victims were hacked to death, an army spokesperson said.

This Muslim victim refused to abandon his friends during Dhaka carnage

“We’ve recovered 20 bodies. Most them had been brutally hacked to death with sharp weapons,” Brigadier General Nayeem Ashfaq Chowdhury told reporters in Dhaka, without giving the nationality of the victims.

Thirteen survivors were also rescued at the end of the siege in an upmarket neighbourhood of the capital Dhaka, including three foreigners.

“Three of those who were rescued were foreigners, including one Japanese and two Sri Lankans,” said the spokesperson.

Pakistan terms allegations ‘baseless, irresponsible and provocative’

Meanwhile, Pakistan rejected on Monday allegations of involvement in the Dhaka terror episode as “baseless, irresponsible and provocative”.

In response to media queries regarding allegations of Pakistan’s involvement in the attack, FO spokesperson Nafees Zakaria stressed that “these are highly regrettable, irresponsible and provocative stories being carried in the Indian media. They are utterly baseless and unfounded. Pakistan strongly rejects such allegations.”

The spokesperson referred the media to the statement of adviser to Bangladeshi PM, refuting the Indian media story.

“Pakistan deeply appreciates Prof Gowher’s timely rebuttal to the Indian media’s reports. Pakistan has strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Dhaka and expressed solidarity with the government and the brotherly people of Bangladesh and offered condolences and sympathised with the families of the victims,” Zakaria said.

“Pakistan condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Being itself one of the biggest victims of terrorism, Pakistan welcomes Prof Gowher Rizvi’s call for international cooperation to fight the menace of terrorism,” he added.

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Reader Comments (34)

  • Rustam
    Jul 4, 2016 - 6:41PM

    Do we need any more proof of ongoing Indian malice agenda after Adviser to the Bangladesh Prime Minister on International Affairs Professor Gowher Rizvi termed the statement issued by Indian media as ‘utter nonsense’ and fake?Recommend

  • Tryst
    Jul 4, 2016 - 7:05PM

    The statement given to NDTV was broadcast many times. It is not fabricated – the adviser actually said it. If he wants to retract it, that’s a separate story. Don’t shoot the messenger…Recommend

  • Bilal Hussain
    Jul 4, 2016 - 7:15PM

    No where are Indians to comment.. hidding..han ?Recommend

  • RAJ-USA
    Jul 4, 2016 - 8:02PM

    I apologize on behalf of the Indian nation for this lie perpetuated by NDTV against Pakistan. Recommend

  • Faizan
    Jul 4, 2016 - 8:10PM

    India’s media seems to have lost its credibility by leveling such absurd and childish allegations. Well if someone who can be involved in such an act can be Indians themselves as they have border sharing with Bangladesh and it seems they are trying to hide their own shortcomings. Pakistan should respond likewise and there should be no soft spot for Indians as they threaten us directly. Time to adopt the “Tit for Tat” policyRecommend

  • Shuaib
    Jul 4, 2016 - 8:17PM

    Pakistani journalists need to stop beloeving Indian propaganda about ‘strategic depth’.Recommend

  • Hameed
    Jul 4, 2016 - 8:45PM

    @Rustam:
    His statement was on TV. How can it be fake?Recommend

  • XY
    Jul 4, 2016 - 9:28PM

    Cant believe Indian media would exploit this calamity to malign Pakistan. I guess there is no bar low enough for them Recommend

  • Analyzer
    Jul 4, 2016 - 10:15PM

    Another pathetic action by Warmonger Indian Regime.. . Shame On you India !
    Blaming Pakistan for every bad thing will not give you any kind of benefit
    1.5 Billion Humans of South Asia and their generations will pay the price for Plating “hatred” among massesRecommend

  • Vikram
    Jul 4, 2016 - 10:19PM

    Pakistan has lied about Taliban, Kargil, 1965 war, Bombay attack and everything else. In the land of pure Muslims kill each in mosques, markets, funerals etc every day.Recommend

  • SKS
    Jul 4, 2016 - 10:30PM

    First whether he said it or not is a different matter. Why is Pakistan FO responding to reports in section of India media? If India has to respond to some of the ridiculous propaganda news from Pakistan, then there has to be a separate department with GoI. Get a life people.Recommend

  • Sardar KHAN
    Jul 4, 2016 - 10:44PM

    Indians are caught telling lies against Pakistan again.What a SHAMEFUL Pakistaniphobia mind set not only in government but also indian media has been caught in fabrication of news against Pakistan.What else could be expected from a country run by terrorist Modi?Recommend

  • Haider
    Jul 4, 2016 - 10:47PM

    @Raj-Usa
    You don’t need to apologize…I don’t know why Media groups across the globe whatever country it is do such stuff for TRP’s including PakistanRecommend

  • abhi
    Jul 4, 2016 - 11:18PM

    I was wondering which Indian media has named ISI because I didn’t hear it. Then I saw it was NDTV and a I realised I have stopped watching NDTV for quite some time. Guys don’t bother we know the credibility of NDTV.Recommend

  • Jul 4, 2016 - 11:22PM

    India created Bangladesh with the help of terrorists….ISIS attacked Dhaka with the help of India not PakistanRecommend

  • Amna Khan
    Jul 4, 2016 - 11:37PM

    Most likely it is Indian RAW that is behind this and trying to lay blame on Pakistan. They have done it many times in the past. They are also doing same stuff in Afghanistan, to turn common Afghanis against Pakistanis, and now they are also starting the same strategy in Bangladesh, where general common Bangladeshi people don’t have anything against Pakistan.Recommend

  • Who
    Jul 5, 2016 - 12:52AM

    @RAJ-USA:
    Who gave you the authority to represent the “Indian nation” and to apologize on its behalf?Recommend

  • Raza
    Jul 5, 2016 - 1:36AM

    Thanks Raj!

    People like you give us reason for hope. I would do the same if Pakistan media perpetrated any lie. I trust no one government including mine and I am only with the ordinary people of the world (notice I did not mention just the Pakistani people alone).

    My sincerest Regards!
    RazaRecommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Jul 5, 2016 - 1:44AM

    Indian Media is correct in reporting it becuase an Indian citizen a 18 yeas old girl, was violently butchered because she couldn’t not recite qran and NDTV is not a print media but 24/7 tv station who AIRED Bangladesh official’s remarks involving Pakistan’s ISI. It is still on google. The matter is not closed. Foreigners were killed and those governments will investigate too.Recommend

  • Kulbhushan Yadav
    Jul 5, 2016 - 3:09AM

    @XY:
    Indian media does not have to do anything. Pakistan ka naam hi kaafi hai :-).Recommend

  • sss
    Jul 5, 2016 - 3:34AM

    Poor India….its lies get caught every time? but the good news is that Hindu India has lost all credibility like the story of a boy who used to cry wolf and the village people came running to help only to find out the boy was lying….so one day a real wolf came along and the boy cried wolf but no one came and …no more boy….India should concentrate on building toilets…half the nation are seen on the streets and it forget about intrigues. Recommend

  • NDA
    Jul 5, 2016 - 3:46AM

    @Chacha Jee:
    @Tryst:

    Pakistani people know India is their Enemy. It is the only country which is consumed by hatred against Pakistan and works 24/7 to somehow dismantle and undo it. Recommend

  • Hassan
    Jul 5, 2016 - 4:54AM

    @Vikram: Still defending, wo wo wo….didn’t u have anything better to say. this shows ur mentality,. stop here and confess that u people are retarded.Recommend

  • FAROOQ
    Jul 5, 2016 - 5:54AM

    When you make a terrorist your prime minister. You see every one else is a terrorist. ISI can not get as low as RAW to kill innocent people. This is RAW style to kill innocent people. Recommend

  • Doctor
    Jul 5, 2016 - 6:06AM
  • Hassan Shah
    Jul 5, 2016 - 7:00AM

    Typical Hindu Indian attitude. They just can’t co-exist with others. Be it the case of beef ban, Babri Masjid , wars with its neighbours or this recent episode… Shame !Recommend

  • Ansari
    Jul 5, 2016 - 7:13AM

    Just goes to show the standing Pakistan has in the world. Anywhere a terrorist event occurs, Pakistani links are first explored. If this association is not broken soon, Pakistan will be an international pariah.Recommend

  • nasir ali khan
    Jul 5, 2016 - 7:29AM

    @Vikram:
    What has it to do with the calamity in Bangladesh? It’s very shameful. At one hand you people pose as the greatest champion of humanitowoc and on the other hand use the tragedies for scoring the points. Shame on such hypocricy Recommend

  • nasir ali khan
    Jul 5, 2016 - 7:32AM

    @Doctor:
    This is what the NDTV malignly says in the link.Recommend

  • Bharat Patel
    Jul 5, 2016 - 8:14AM

    @Bilal Hussain:
    Sorry Bilal

    We Are Searching the internet newspapers from India looking for the one that is blaming India.

    None so far.

    Have you seen any ?Recommend

  • Bharat patel
    Jul 5, 2016 - 8:19AM

    Where is this coming from ?

    Not a single Indian newspaper so far saying this.

    Perhaps there is some guilt feeling in the Freign office ?>?

    Maybet ey just hate Indians? and so they make up stories?Recommend

  • Bharat patel
    Jul 5, 2016 - 8:22AM

    One more thing

    I withdraw the apology that Raj gave..
    There are no basis for this allegationsRecommend

  • swapnajeet
    Jul 5, 2016 - 9:15AM

    India is the birth place of budhha,swami vivekanada.These pioneers had taught the world about the lessons of harmony,peace.we people believe in peace so even though we hear those hatred comments our vedic culture ,vedic teaching,upbringing debars us to do .not a single above mentioned commentators are high rank incumbent authority who has the knowledge about ongoing scuffle neither do i have the requisite information to debate on ongoing issues.these are propaganda of the policy ma.ker of both the countries.so my brothers please dont indulge in such hatred activities.lets there be peace between the citizens of both the countries.Recommend

  • NDA
    Jul 5, 2016 - 1:44PM

    @swapnajeet:

    No one needs your debate. Live and let every one else live. In this era of global knowledge and enlightenment, every one has enough to say but better focus on peace and living side by side. Recommend

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