Dhaka, Sep 30 (UNB) - A court here on Sunday issued a show cause notice seeking explanation as to why the bail of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia won’t be declared illegal in Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
Judge Md Akhteruzzaman of Special Judge Court-5 issued the show cause notice asking the lawyers of BNP chairperson to respond it within October 7.
The court also cancelled the bail application of another accused in the case Monirul Islam and sent him to jail while the other accused Ziaul Islam Munna was already in jail.
Earlier, the lawyers of Khaleda filed a bail application and informed the court that a revision petition has been filed with the High Court challenging the trial proceedings of the case in absence of Khaleda.
The court also disapproved the no-confidence motion of two accused which were filed on September 24 and set October 7 to pass its order regarding the revision petition filed with HC.
Meanwhile, ACC lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajol filed plea seeking bail cancellation of three accused including Khaleda and sought a date for pronouncing its verdict in the case.
The BNP chairperson is now at the Old Central Jail, serving five years' rigorous imprisonment as she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8 last.
On September 4, the makeshift court of Bakshibazar was shifted at the Old Dhaka Central Jail to hold the trial of Khaleda in jail.
On August 8, 2011, the ACC filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.
Sunamganj, Sept 30 (UNB) – Taking a swipe at Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Sunday said its outcome is zero and nothing can be expected out of it.
He said this while talking to reporters after a seminar held at Derai upazila’s Bangladesh Female Academy auditorium here.
Asked whether the government has taken any step to ensure BNP’s participation in the upcoming general election, he replied in the negative, adding, “Once BNP was a big party but now I’m doubtful whether it is (big party).”
Sought comments about the polls-time government and who will be included in it, Muhith said those who have representation in the Jatiya Sangsad will be part of the interim government, no one else.
He also said the procedure which was followed during the polls in 2014 will be followed this time, too.
“This country witnessed a free and fair election previously and the next one will be held fairly in due time,” Muhith added.
The seminar was held with trustee member of Bangladesh Female Academy and MP of Sylhet-3 Mahmud Us Samad Chowdhury in the chair.
Dhaka, Sept 30 (UNB) – BNP's public rally began at Suhrawardy Udyan here on Sunday afternoon where the party leaders are expected to unveil their various demands and plans over the next general election.
The rally formally began around 2pm with recitation from the holy Quran.
Though BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has been in jail since February 8, the party has made her the chief guest of the rally as a mark of respect to her. Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is presiding over the rally.
Party insiders said Mirza Fakhrul Islam is likely to place a seven-point demand and a 12 or 13-point vision of the party at the rally.
The party’s demands include releasing party chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail, forming a neutral election-time government, dissolving current parliament and cabinet, creating a level-playing field by withdrawing all the political cases and releasing all the political prisoners, reconstitution of the Election Commission, deploying army and discarding electronic voting machines (EVMs) in the election.
In the 12-point vision, the party will say what stapes it will take to improve the country’s political culture, get rid of the politics of vengeance, ensure good governance, democracy and fight against extremism and ensure Bangladesh's territory not to be allowed to use to carry out criminal activities against other countries, including India.
Hundreds of party leaders and activists started gathering at the venue in small processions since morning.
Huge law enforcers have been deployed in and around the rally venue to maintain law and order.
One of the conditions is that the rally will have to be concluded by 5pm.
On Saturday, the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) authorities permitted BNP to hold the rally at Suhrawardy Udyan with 22 conditions.
The conditions include not using any provocative words and refraining from carrying any sticks, large banners and creating any barriers to public life.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said they will unveil their party’s future course of action and strategy at the rally.
BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed hinted that their party may also announce fresh action programmes from it.
Dhaka, Sept 30 (UNB) – Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Sunday said the Election Commission(EC) will announce the schedule for the upcoming parliamentary polls in the first week of November.
He came up with the information while talking to reporters at the secretariat.
“BNP’s demand for a neutral government to oversee the general election goes beyond the constitutional jurisdiction. They’re insisting on it for creating anarchy in a peaceful country,” he said.
Quader, also the Road, Transport and Bridges Minister, said there is no necessity of a neutral government as the demand should be made for a neutral election. “The Election Commission will conduct the election. So, the EC needs to be neutral as law enforcement agencies will remain under the commission.”
The jurisdiction of the election-time government will be limited, said Quader adding that the polls-time government will be formed by October.
“BNP wants to create an anarchic situation in peaceful Bangladesh…they, in fact, want a special emergency government,” he added.
“There’s nothing to invite BNP to participate in the election. Election is not any private function to be held at my house that I will invite them. All the parties will participate in the election. No one will wait for BNP,” the AL leader quipped.
About permission for BNP’s rally at Suhrawardy Udyan today, Quader said, “BNP has got the permission as the government is cordial to them. Conditions are not the issue here. Even, we cannot arrange any rally without police permission. We also need permission though we’re in power now. So, where is the problem for BNP to seek permission?”
Responding to a question about the Digital Security Act, Quader said the Information Minister is going to hold a meeting with the Editors’ Council at the secretariat today over the issue.
United Nations, Sep 30 (AP/UNB) — India's foreign minister accused neighboring Pakistan of harboring terrorists in an angry speech Saturday before the U.N. General Assembly and rejected the notion that India is sabotaging peace talks with Pakistan, calling it "a complete lie." Hours later, Pakistan shot back in its own speech, accusing India of financing terrorists and declaring that New Delhi "preferred politics over peace."
India's Sushma Swaraj pointed to the fact that Osama bin Laden had been living quietly in Pakistan before he was found and killed by a team of U.S. Navy SEALs, and said the mastermind of the 2008 attack in Mumbai in which 168 people died "still roams the streets of Pakistan with impunity." Pakistan has said there is not enough evidence to arrest him.
"In our case, terrorism is bred not in some faraway land, but across our border to the west," Swaraj said. "Our neighbor's expertise is not restricted to spawning grounds for terrorism, it is also an expert in trying to mask malevolence with verbal duplicity."
Swaraj and Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi were supposed to meet on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly this week. India called it off only one day after it was announced, following the killing of an Indian border guard in the disputed region of Kashmir.
The two South Asian nations, always uneasy neighbors, face off under particularly tense conditions in that region at a "line of control" that cuts through a rugged mountain range.
The announcement of the planned meeting had been considered an encouraging sign for restarting stalled talks between the nuclear-armed neighbors. New Delhi had agreed to hold the meeting in response to a letter from newly-elected Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who has written his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, stressing the need for positive change, a mutual desire for peace and a readiness to discuss terrorism.
"We accepted the proposal," Swaraj said. "But within hours of our acceptance, news came that terrorists had killed one of our jawans. Does this indicate a desire for dialogue?"
Qureshi said it was the third time that the current Indian administration had called off talks, "each time on flimsy grounds."
He said in his speech that "Pakistan continues to face terrorism that is financed, facilitated and orchestrated by our eastern neighbor." He referred to extremist attacks in his home country, including one at an army school in the northwestern city of Peshawar in 2014 that killed more than 150 children, which he said were perpetrated by "terrorists supported by India."
Qureshi's afternoon speech prompted a vehement response from India, which exercised its right of reply at the end of the daylong meeting and accused Pakistan of spreading "fake allegations and fake facts." Pakistan, in turn, responded by accusing India of "practicing terrorism as an instrument of state policy."
Since independence from Britain in 1947, Pakistan and India have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir, divided between the two countries but sought by each in its entirety.
"The unresolved Jammu and Kashmir dispute hinders the realization of the goal of durable peace between the two countries," Qureshi said. "For over 70 years it has remained on the agenda of the U.N. Security Council and a blot on the conscience of humanity."
He welcomed the release of a report earlier this year by the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights that mentioned "chronic impunity for violations committed by security forces" in Kashmir. The report was written without visiting the region as both sides refused to grant unconditional access to the investigators. India at the time rejected it as a selective compilation of largely unverified information.
The U.N. has had a peacekeeping mission in the region since 1949, making it one of the world body's longest-running peacekeeping operations. It is currently one of the smallest, with about 120 troops as of last month.