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Bangladesh Foreign Ministry Denies NY Times Report


In Dhaka, the foreign ministry has denied a New York Times report that says the vigilante group Bangla Bhai is bent upon bringing a Taleban-type strict Islamic system in Bangladesh.

The ministry said the article attempted to link the government with the group, which is baseless. Zahirul Haq, director general of the foreign ministry's external publicity wing said "Nearly 1,400 foreign journalists visited Bangladesh in the last three years. Reports by only three or four of them have been regrettable."

Bangladesh's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury has already sent a rejoinder to the NYT refuting the allegations in the story, saying it is 'baseless, partial and misleading'.

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