Sheikh Hasina not doing anything to protect minorities: Taslima Nasreen

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New Delhi, July 4: Known for her strong opinions, Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen criticised prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday, July 4 over the recent attack on a cafe in Dhaka.

Nasreen speaking to CNN News 18, Nasreen said: "Bangladesh PM is not doing anything to protect the minority communities. Sheikh Hasina herself created fundamentalists in Bangladesh."

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"Hasina always tried to ignore that Islamization started in Bangladesh and also that fundamentalists are rising and terrorists are growing," she said.

The writer said that her country has no freedom of expression as is evident in murders of bloggers and writers. "There is no freedom of expression in Bangladesh. So many bloggers, writers were killed only for expressing views different from that of fundamentalists. Many bloggers were imprisoned," she told the channel.

Nasreen in a series of tweets said that Bangladesh has been a major contributor to global terror. Quoting Saleem Samad she said: "'Bangladesh has been a major contributor to global terror. Bangladeshi men have joined terror outfits in 36 countries-Saleem Samad."

For humanity's sake please do not say Islam is a religion of peace. Not anymore, she added. The writer critical of Hasina's inaction said on Monday, July 4: "Hasina mourning, paying homage to victims of Dhaka attack? She was silent when secular bloggers, gays, Hindus were killed by Islamic terrorists."

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Nasreen said home grown terrorists were behind the terror attack in Dhaka, which killed 28 people including one Indian.

This is however not the first time that Nasreen has criticised the Bangladeshi government of inaction.

Earlier when LGBT magazine editor Zulhas Mannan and his friend Tanay Majumder were killed on April 25, Nasreen had expressed her anger and accused Sheikh Hasina of being a jihadist sympathiser.

"Hasina made no statement, took no action against jihadis who killed progressive people in Bangladesh. Hasina is a jihadi sympathizer," she said in a tweet.

(with IANS inputs)

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