I want to go back to my country: Taslima

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Dhaka, Jul 9: Taslima Nasreen, a Bangladeshi writer who fled in 1994 to live in exile after Islamic militants made death threats over the novel 'Lajja' has now pleaded the Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina to allow her to return home, reports Blitz, a Dhaka weelky

"As there is no true secular political party in the country, it is the only party we have pinned our hopes on. There is no alternative," Taslima who holds a Swedish passport and lives in Paris, told Blitz, a Dhaka weekly.

"I want to return to my country during Hasina's term. If I can't go back now, I am afraid whether I will ever be able to in future. I hope good sense would prevail," she said.

"The problem of all political parties in India is that they tend to appease the Muslim fundamentalists," she added.

She also said, "The Indian authorities do not allow me to live in India, because they are afraid of being labelled as anti-Islam. Muslim fundamentalists claimed that I destroyed Islam. The politicians thought they, instead of supporting freedom of speech, should issue fatwa against it because to them supporting me would mean being labelled as anti-Islam which would destroy their Muslim vote-bank."

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