Khaleda’s statement over number of martyrs ‘very much correct,’: Fakhrul

Staff Correspondent

Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday claimed that the party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s recent observation over the number of martyrs in the war of independence was ‘very much contextualised and relevant.’
Khaleda Zia on December 21, at a rally, had observed that there were controversies over the actual number of martyrs in the war of independence in 1971 that triggered protests by the ruling Awami League.
Addressing a convention and seminar, Fakhrul said that statement of Khaleda was distorted to harass her politically and keep her off the politics.
Bangladesh Nationalist British Law Students’ Alliance organised the programme on ‘Violation of Constitution, Extinction of rule of law’ at the auditorium of Supreme Court Bar Association.
Fakhrul said some ‘so called politicians’ and Awami League leaders are now twisting the BNP chairperson’s observation.
He said it is being stated that Khaleda Zia is an ally of Pakistan and has been cooperating with that country.
He said when ‘they do not find anything to speak about; they come out with such falsehood, meant for misleading the people.
Fakhrul said Awami League is an old political party but has turned politically bankrupt that is why they are resorting to lies.
To cling to power, said he, ‘the ruling party is sending opposition leaders and activists to jails, implicating them in false cases.’
BNP acting secretary general asked the government to immediately hold dialogue with all political parties to find a way out to peaceful transfer of power.
He said dialogue is necessary to resolve the existing political problems through holding an inclusive and fair election where people could exercise their voting rights.
He said Awami League doesn’t want polls sensing their catastrophe and fear of losing power.
Fakhrul said everything in the country is now at stake.
He said the very people who had written the constitution in 1972, first hurt it by forming BAKSAL in 1975.
Subsequently, all political parties and all newspapers except four government-controlled ones were shut.
He said once again Awami League killed the constitution through the 15th amendment.
Fakhrul said the amendment created ‘constitutional’ and ‘democratic’ crises in Bangladesh.
He said Awami League accomplished all arrangements to set one-party rule under a wrap of democracy.
‘The countries across the globe are saying that there is no democratic atmosphere in Bangladesh…it is left with authoritarian rule,’ he said.
Supreme Court Bar Association president Khandaker Mahbub Hossain said the incumbent government is still in power thanks to the law enforcing agencies.
He said the constitution of Bangladesh which came at the cost of bloods of 30 lakh people is being ripped off again and again.
SCBA secretary Mahbub Uddin Khokon, BNP human rights affairs secretary Nasir Uddin Ahmed Ashim,  pro-BNP Supreme Court lawyers Ruhul Quddus Kajal and Mir Mohammad Helaluddin, among others, addressed the function. It was presided over by the organisation’s outgoing president, Sultana Razia Shaon.

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