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Border killings and our weak diplomacy

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The border killings of Bangladeshi nationals by the Indian Border Security Forces have put us in much concern. Almost every week BSF shoots one or two Bangladeshis to death on the plea of infiltration or illegal trading. But mere infiltration or illegal trading can not be the only reason to open fire on Bangladeshis. There must be laws for the infiltrators or illegal traders. And accordingly, they should be punished.
As is known to all, the Indian political high-ups assured our country leaders, including the main opposition leader Khaleda Zia that border killings would come to zero. But reversely, the border killings are on the hike.
Sadly, the countrymen have noticed that our genuflecting foreign policy is responsible for the rise in the border killings. Now our diplomatic relation with India is based on some mere interests. India wrests their interest from this country but in return we get very little from them. It just tries to press upon us with its boss-like attitude. Our political leaders and diplomats have totally failed to bring down border killings with their diplomatic skill. Even the foreign ministry's protest letter regarding border killings has got no reply from its Indian counterpart. Our home minister delivered his opinion about this issue in such a style that could be interpreted as nothing was wrong in that type of killing. It also seemed that he was taking the side of India. All these are the signs of our weak and problematic diplomacy.

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