Washington: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday called for peace and calm in Bangladesh as he expressed concern over the current wave of violence in the country.

"The Secretary-General has been following the recent wave of violence in Bangladesh with increasing concern and is saddened by the loss of life, including during the events that unfolded in Dhaka throughout Sunday and into Monday," said a media statement issued by his office.

"The Secretary-General calls on all concerned to stop the violence, to respect the law and to express their views peacefully," said the statement.

Ban urged political and religious leaders to engage in constructive dialogue and help defuse the tensions. Violence has engulfed Bangladesh as a radical Islamic outfit demanding a tougher blasphemy law clashed with police.


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