No IS presence in Bangladesh, won’t be allowed in future, says Home Minister Kamal

He has termed the media interview of its so-called Bangladesh branch chief ‘conspiracy’.

Speaking to reporters at his residence in the capital on Friday, he said nobody would be allowed to use Bangladeshi territory for carrying out any attacks on ‘neighbouring country’.

“Like before, I want to announce unambiguously that there is no presence of IS in Bangladesh. No outfit (like IS) is there in Bangladesh,” the minister told a questioner.

Dabiq, a periodical of IS, published an interview of its so-called Bangladesh branch chief Shaykh Abu Ibrahim al-Hanif on Wednesday.

In the nine-page interview, Hanif said IS chose Bangladesh as its base in South Asia due to the country’s ‘important strategic geographic position’ and attacks in India and Myanmar would be coordinated from here.

Hanif claimed that grassroots level activists of the Jamaat-e-Islami were joining IS amid trials of its top leaders for war crimes.

“There are some grassroots level followers and supporters of Jamaat-e-Islami who have repented from their shirk and joined the ranks of the Khilafah’s soldiers in Bengal, walhamdulillah,” he added.

He claimed credit for some recent attacks in Bangladesh and said the IS targeted “the crusaders, the Rafidah, the Qadiyaniyyah, the Hindus, the missionaries” in the attacks.

The so-called IS Bangladesh leader also termed ruling Awami League ‘pro-India’ and called its rival BNP ‘pro-Pakistan’.

To a question on the interview, Kamal said, “It is a conspiracy (against Bangladesh). It’s an exposure of local and international conspiracies.”

No foreign force will be allowed to use Bangladesh’s territory for carrying out attacks on the neighbouring country, he added.

He claimed credit for some recent attacks in Bangladesh and said the IS targeted “the crusaders, the Rafidah, the Qadiyaniyyah, the Hindus, the missionaries” in the attacks.

The so-called IS Bangladesh leader also termed ruling Awami League ‘pro-India’ and called its rival BNP ‘pro-Pakistan’.

To a question on the interview, Kamal said, “It is a conspiracy (against Bangladesh). It’s an exposure of local and international conspiracies.”

No foreign force will be allowed to use Bangladesh’s territory for carrying out attacks on the neighbouring country, he added.

Replying to a question on the US State Department’s annual human rights report, which said extrajudicial killings were going in Bangladesh, the minister said, “No form of cross-fire or extrajudicial murder is taking place.”