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Israeli attacks will radicalise Muslims: Bangladesh

india Updated: Aug 03, 2006 11:27 IST

Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on Thursday said Israel's deadly attacks on Lebanon would only spark more violence and add to radicalisation in the Muslim world.

Speaking at an emergency meeting of nations from the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) aimed at pressing Israel to stop its offensive, she said the campaign could have disastrous consequences.

"The senselessness in choosing the path of violence cannot bring about whatever ends the Israeli government wishes to achieve. Violence begets violence," Zia said.

"Its continuation carries the danger of a spill-over that will have disastrous consequences. This will surely add to radicalisation in the Muslim world," she said.

The prime minister added that extremism would "increase difficulties for those of us on the side of moderation."

In the past year, Bangladesh has seen a wave of deadly bombings by a banned group that wants strict Islamic laws imposed in the mainly Muslim but secular country, where Islamic militants have killed at least 28 people.

"We need to act together and we need to be principled in our approach," she said.

Zia said the purpose of the gathering in Malaysia was not to fan hate but to express anguish and indignation at the Israeli campaign.

"We are here not to incite passion of retaliation and more bloodletting. On the contrary, we have assembled here to issue a firm call to the Israeli leadership to bring an immediate halt to the violence that it has let loose," she said.

Zia called for an immediate ceasefire and pressed for the urgent deployment of an international force and a comprehensive peace in the Middle East by ensuring the formation of an independent and sovereign Palestinian state.