From Minara Helen Iti, New York ::
Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen said in a discussion meeting at the opening ceremony of Janmashtami festival at JMSEN Hall in Chittagong city on Thursday (August 18) evening, ‘I went to India and said that Sheikh Hasina should be sustained. Sheikh Hasina is our role model. If it can be sustained, our country will progress towards development and become a truly communal, non-communal country. That is why I have requested the Indian government to do whatever is necessary to sustain Sheikh Hasina.’ The expatriate Bangladeshis, including the leaders and activists of the United States Awami League, are also feeling embarrassed by his speech. The Bangladeshis of the United States have almost become fed up with his lies one after another. This news was reported by the American press Bangla Press.
Professor and researcher of the world-famous Harvard University in the state of Massachusetts, foreign minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen was appointed as the Permanent Representative of the Bangladesh Mission to the United Nations through Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s anointing. He was the Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations for six years. In 2015 Sheikh Hasina returned to the country. When Muhith retired, Momen was the candidate of Awami League for Sylhet Sadar. He became the foreign minister of this government after winning. Controversies are going on about many of his statements after taking over as Foreign Minister. Because he is neither a diplomat nor a politician.
Ever since the time of the permanent representative of the Bangladesh Mission in the United Nations, the Bangladeshi diaspora in the United States, including Boston, have become almost fed up with one after another indecent words and lies. In 2015, at the press conference of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the Bangladesh Mission after the United Nations General Session, the prime minister was removed from the permanent representative on the recommendation of a hired journalist and directly entered the political arena. Then he got the ministry quite suddenly. He got nominated from an important seat in Sylhet by holding the hand of his brother (Late Finance Minister). Won the 2018 election. For the first time as an MP, he got the responsibility of important ministries like the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since taking charge of this sensitive and important ministry, Momen has been discussed and criticized by making controversial comments one after another.
During his stay in Boston he violated common law of the United States. After divorcing his first wife Nasim Parveen (girlfriend of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina), he did not pay child support to his teenage children, a crime punishable under US law. Since then he never looked for those children. Because of his inhumanity, none of the expatriates saw him well. He was almost hated by the expatriates there.
During his tenure as Permanent Representative of the Bangladesh Mission to the United Nations, he became the laughing stock of a seminar on the Liberation War at Kean University in New Jersey, where he gave an indecent (not revealing) speech to an audience of hundreds. During his stay in Boston, when the local Awami League leaders and activists repeatedly requested him to join the party, he refused each time and told the Awami League leaders and activists, ‘I will not join Sheikh Hasina’s Awami League, I will not do it’. The leaders of Boston Awami League repeatedly raised this issue to the central leaders who visited Boston, but no one paid attention to it.
Not only that, he was invited as the chief guest as the permanent representative of the Bangladesh Mission to the United Nations at a New England Dhaka University Ex-Students Association (Duani) event held in Boston a few years ago. Since he does not belong to any party or Awami League, he was given a condition that he cannot say ‘Jai Bangla, Jai Bangabandhu’ at the end of his speech. But he broke it and at the end of his speech he almost forcefully said ‘Jai Bangla, Jai Bangabandhu’ and was criticized a lot. He recently visited Boston. There, instead of sitting the two groups of Awami League together, there was a strong reaction among the leaders and activists of the other group when they sat down with the workers of the group led by the camp workers who infiltrated the Awami League.
Dr. Foreign Minister likes to stay in discussion all the time. AK Abdul Momen. Since taking office, he has been the subject of discussion in the media and social media due to his over-talking. Constantly throwing dangerous sound-bombs. On the other hand, they are trying to get over by putting the blame on the shoulders of the media under pressure.
The uproar started with her latest statement asking for India’s help to sustain Sheikh Hasina. Many people think that it is not credible that the foreign minister of a country will show such stupidity from time to time.
Last Thursday, in a discussion meeting in Chittagong, the foreign minister said, ‘I went to India and said that Sheikh Hasina should be sustained. Sheikh Hasina is our role model. If it can be sustained, our country will progress towards development and become a truly communal, non-communal country. That is why I have requested the Indian government to do whatever is necessary to sustain Sheikh Hasina.’
He further said, ‘We have also told India that we will never tolerate provocative actions by either of us. If we can do this, it will be good for both India and Bangladesh. India is doing well because Sheikh Hasina is there.’
With such a statement of the foreign minister, there is a storm in the social media including the political arena. Outside the country, political parties are reacting strongly to this.
There is a storm of criticism among Awami League leaders and activists in different states of the United States.
A leader of the Awami League of the state, who does not want to be named, said, how can he make such a stupid statement as a responsible minister? He complained and said that the Minister of Foreign Affairs avoided the eyes of the Prime Minister. In February 2021, AK Abdul Momen came to the United States for an official visit during the Corona period, walked with a former camp worker of Chittagong and inaugurated one of his universities. He organized the inauguration of the university in a colorful manner in defiance of the law of the concerned state. The university was inaugurated by the foreign minister visiting the United States. AK Abdul Momen. Such an event during the Corona pandemic and the foreign minister of Bangladesh coming to the United States to inaugurate it, there have been various reactions among the diaspora.
In violation of these laws of the state of Virginia, the authorities of the Innovative Global University organized the opening of the university in a colorful event. The university was inaugurated by the foreign minister visiting the United States. AK Abdul Momen. Such an event during the Corona pandemic and Bangladesh’s foreign minister coming to the United States to inaugurate it, caused various reactions among the diaspora.
Bangladesh Foreign Minister came to the United States on a visit to the United States due to corona and did not get a chance to meet the American representatives directly to follow the hygiene rules, but he ignored the hygiene rules and officially inaugurated the Bangladeshi-owned university. Many people gathered there. Foreign Minister of Bangladesh did not wear a mask in the opening ceremony. The foreign minister strongly criticized AK Abdul Momen and the guests present on the stage including university authorities.
Momen met with Foreign Minister Antony Blinken while visiting the United States. Later, while talking to the journalists, he said that he called on the US Secretary of State to bring BNP to the elections. He told Blinken, ‘All parties come to the polls except the party born from the military. Bringing them to the polls is a challenge. Get them to vote.
Wide criticism started in the country with his such statement. At that time, Awami League said that it was his personal opinion. Later, Momen returned to the country and told reporters that he did not make any official proposal to the United States to bring BNP to the elections. It was a word.
Opposition parties including BNP capitalized on his statement and became vocal in criticizing the government. The government and the ruling Awami League are also embarrassed by his statement.
Many have commented on social media that he should be treated quickly. Otherwise, a lot of damage will be done. Momen took the strategy of blaming the media when his statement was criticized from all around.
After paying respects at the tomb of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in Tungipara, Gopalganj on Friday, the Foreign Minister criticized the media and said, ‘The aim of Sheikh Hasina’s government is that we want to provide food to everyone at affordable prices. I want to improve people’s quality of life. We don’t want to see any kind of chaos, we don’t want to see instability.’ Told the journalists, ‘Your media sometimes gives a lot of fabricated news to increase this unrest. It’s very sad.’
Earlier on August 12, at the end of an exchange meeting on the acquisition of land for the expansion project of Sylhet Osmani International Airport, the foreign minister said in response to the questions of journalists, ‘Bangladesh will become Sri Lanka, such panic is being spread from one side. It has no basis in reality. We are in heaven compared to other countries in the global recession.’
After his statement, a storm of criticism started in all quarters. Awami League itself is embarrassed by his comments. Special instructions are given by the team to speak thoughtfully. But even after that statement, he blamed the media and said to the journalists, ‘You have eaten me.’ Although he later regretted his statement.
Momen first visited India after taking oath as a minister. In an interview given to a West Bengal media at that time, the foreign minister explained the depth of the relationship between the two countries and said that the relationship between the two countries is very good. Much like a husband-wife relationship. It is also heavily criticized.
Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen claimed that the Swiss ambassador’s statement was false that Bangladesh did not ask for specific information about the money deposited by Bangladeshi citizens in Swiss banks recently. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was embarrassed by his statement. Many people think that it is not in diplomatic etiquette to directly attack the ambassador of a country like this.
On the closing day of the New York book fair on July 31, the foreign minister suddenly appeared. AK Abdul Momen. This time, the ex-camp worker from Chittagong, Virginia, came to welcome him at the airport along with Awami League leaders and activists and diplomats. For the past few years, he has been moving with the former Chittagong camp workers and false freedom fighters after coming to the United States. Awami League leaders and activists do not see this well. The Bangladeshis living in the United States have demanded the resignation or dismissal of such useless minister soon.
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