Dhaka, Apr 17 (UNB) – Though seven years have elapsed since the party leader M Ilias Ali disappeared, BNP is still hopeful about his return.
“We still expect Ilias Ali will be back among us and in his family, and his little girl will be able to call him papa,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
He said their party also believes all the disappeared people will return to their families.
Fakhrul came up with the remarks while talking to reporters after visiting the family members of former BNP organising secretary M Ilias Ali who went missing along with his driver, Ansar Ali, on the midnight of 17 April, 2012. Since then, BNP has been blaming security agencies for his mysterious disappearance, an allegation denied by the government.
The BNP secretary general went to Ilias Ali’s Banani house in the evening and talked to his wife Tahsin Rushdir Luna, elder son Abrar Ilias and daughter Saiara Nawal.
He accused Awami government of initiating the culture of enforced disappearance in the country in 2011-2012. “Later, our many leaders and activists and trade union leaders were made disappeared.”
Fakhrul said still many people remained traceless. “Their family members have long been waiting with a hope to get them back, but only getting disappointed with the passage of time.”
He said the government has created an unprecedented frightening situation in the country by making people disappeared.
The BNP secretary general also alleged that the government has been in power by resorting to repressive acts as it has got isolated from people.
“Awami League is inventing new techniques one after another to suppress its opponents. They annihilated a strong voice and brave person like Ilias Ali who never bowed down to anybody and thus created a culture of phobia,” he observed.
Fakhrul also said people want to get rid of such culture and the prevailing situation in the country. “We think the fall of such repressive regime can be ensured through a united movement of people.”
Dhaka, Apr 17 (UNB) - BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday regretted that the incidents of killing, rape and reprisal growing as politicians have failed to build a safe and beautiful Bangladesh.
“Why’re we indulging in such vengeance, mockery, repression and massacre? Why have our Rafi (Nusrat Jahan Rafi) been killed in such repression? Our politicians are supposed to give answers to the questions…we’ve failed to give you a beautiful Bangladesh and ensure your security,” he told children at a programme.
Speaking at the award-giving ceremony of 10th national child artiste competition, 'Shapla Kuri-2018', the BNP leader further said, “Even after that, I still dream of a prosperous and beautiful Bangladesh where our children will roam freely and they won’t be subjected to any attack and our daughters wont’ be burnt to death.”
Zia Shishu Academy organised the event at the Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh where 85 children were given award on music, dance, recitation and acting.
Recalling his childhood, Fakhrul bemoaned that people, even children, are now getting much interested in technology instead of getting involved in art and culture. “We’re getting defeated to technology.”
He also told the children the perspective of the country’s Liberation War. “Those who had led the Liberation War are very revered persons to us.”
Speaking at the programme, Dhaka University ex-VC Prof Emajuddin Ahmed said it cannot be acceptable in any way that people will not get the security of their lives even after so many years of the country’s independence.
He urged the children to be good human being and acquire proper knowledge to build a safe, prosperous and democratic Bangladesh as dreamt by the freedom fighters.
Dhaka, Apr 16 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Nazrul Islam Khan on Tuesday alleged that no one is safe from the clutches of ‘wicked elements in the current government’.
“I would like to ask who is in society safe from the grasp of the wicked people in the current government or the administration. No one is safe as the government is not accountable to people,” he said.
The BNP leader was addressing a human chain programme arranged by Jatiyatabadi Ulema Dal protesting the killing of Feni madrasa student Nusrat Jahan Rafi.
Nazrul, a BNP standing committee member, said the current situation in the country cannot continue for a long time. “We won’t be able to stop the culture of impunity and unnatural deaths by forming a human chain programme. We must put up a strong resistance across the country with united efforts to ensure the security of our mothers and sisters.”
Describing the current government as unelected one, he said Awami League has snatched democracy by manipulating the national election through ‘ballot stuffing’ on December 29. “People have got angry with such a game in the name of election, and they want to get rid of it.”
He said a strong unity of people of all walks of life is necessary to establish a pro-people and responsible government, and end the culture of impunity.
Claiming that their chairperson is seriously ill, Nazrul urged the government to free her immediately so that she can receive proper treatment.
Speaking at the programme, BNP vice chairman Abdul Awal Mintoo said the current ‘illegal’ government has turned the country into a hell with its ‘misrule’.
He said those who killed Nusrat in Feni are involved with Awami League. “The incidents of repression and rape will continue to rise all over the country if we can’t dislodge the current regime.”
Mintoo, also a noted businessman, called upon people to take to the streets to free the country from the grip of the Awami League government.
Dhaka, Apr 16 (UNB) – Jatiya Party senior cochairman Raushon Ershad on Tuesday said their party’s future leadership will be decided through its nation council.
“The date of the council will be fixed very soon through discussions. Jatiya Party’s future leadership will be decided through it,” she said.
Ten days after HM Ershad reinstated his younger brother GM Quader as Jatiya Party chairman in his absence, Raushon came up with the remarks while speaking at a discussion at Gulshan community centre marking the 36th founding anniversary of Jatiya Party’s student body Jatiya Chhatra Samaj.
In a dramatic move, Jatiya Party Chairman Ershad on April 6 reinstated his younger brother GM Quader as party chairman in his absence.
He took the decision just two days after Quader was reinstated as the party's cochairman, fueling the party’s internal feud.
The eccentric former military ruler, known for frequently changing his decisions, relieved GM Quader of Jatiya Party's cochairman post and its organisational duty on March 22.
Raushon, however, claimed that there is no division in Jatiya Party as its leaders and activists are united under the leadership of party chairman HM Ershad.
She also said her husband Ershad’s health condition is now much better than earlier.
Raushon, also the deputy leader of the opposition in parliament, asked the leaders and activists of Chhatra Samaj to build them as worthy citizens of the country through acquiring proper knowledge and hard work.
She also urged the student leaders to strengthen their organisation at all educational institutions across the country, including Dhaka University.
Raushon asked the Chhatra Samaj leaders to concentrate on their studies instead of wasting time on Facebook so that they can contribute to the development of politics and the country.
Dhaka, Apr 16 (UNB) – BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday termed ‘baseless’ different media reports on their chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release on parole saying that there has been no decision yet in this regard.
“Several newspapers have been publishing news with different headlines on the issue (of parole) for a few days. I would like to clearly say Khaleda Zia didn’t give any decision to go (abroad) for treatment on parole,” he said.
The BNP leader came up with the remarks while speaking at the annual general meeting of a faction of Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) at the Jatiya Press Club.
About their meeting with Khaleda at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Sunday, he said as prisoners are allowed to meet their relatives and friends on the special occasions like New Year, they took the chance and met their chairperson. “But there’s nothing to invent from such a meeting.”
Reacting to a media report on Khaleda’s release on parole for going to the UK, Fakhrul said an English newspaper ran news with specific date and day of their chairperson’s release on parole. “It’s very unfair.”
“It’s also regrettable that they (the English daily) contacted me for comment, and I said it’s completely baseless and untrue. Even after that, they published it prominently. We urge all to refrain from exercising such yellow journalism and not to confuse people,” he said.
The BNP secretary general also called upon journalists to talk to responsible BNP leaders before running any news on important issues relating to their party.
He also observed that social media platforms are now being used for the character assassination of people, including the politicians. “It’s a social crisis, and the media people should think about it.”
The BNP leader alleged that a ruling party-backed quarter is controlling the media in a planned way and working to build society as per the government’s desire.
He said the media is being controlled in such a way by creating an appalling situation that many popular intellectuals now cannot join television talk shows. “Now, it has become difficult to provide authentic information.”
Fakhrul said many journalists who tried to present accurate information lost their jobs after the national election. “A section of journalists is now in a good position, but not majority ones while many are jobless.”
He called upon all to mobilise public support to change the current situation and protect press freedom and people’s rights.
The BNP leader alleged that the law-and-order situation has badly deteriorated in the country as the current government has no accountability to people. “The law enforcers have taken a position against people.”
Fakhrul also bemoaned that politics has now got polluted so badly that it is difficult for good people to survive in politics.