Dhaka, Oct 11 (UNB) – BNP Standing Committee Member Moudud Ahmed on Friday said the signing of bilateral documents with India regarding the use of Chattogram and Mongla ports and a Coastal Surveillance System is tantamount to selling the country’s sovereignty.
Speaking at a demonstration programme, he also said the day Buet student Abrar Fahad was killed for expressing his opinion in favour of the country should be observed as the ‘Martyr Abrar Day’.
“I think allowing India to uses Chattogram and Mongla ports and providing it a Coastal Surveillance System are tantamount to selling the country’s sovereignty,” the BNP leader said.
He also opposed the MoU on withdrawal of 1.82 cusec water from the Feni River by India for a water supply scheme in Sabroom town, Tripura fearing that people in Bangladesh will suffer in the dry season.
Bangladesh Sammilita Peshajibi Parishad arranged the programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club protesting against the murder of Buet student Abrar and demanding the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Moudud accused Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) of oppressing the dissidents by setting up torture cells all over the country.
“They (BCL) have torture cells at all student halls and hostels across the country where they repress students belonging to opposition parties or the dissidents. Abrar Fahad died after being tortured for five-hours at room 2011 of Sher-e-Bangla Hall in the same style,” he said.
Abrar, 21, a resident of Buet’s Sher-e-Bangla Hall, was beaten to death early Monday reportedly by some BCL activists of the university unit following his Facebook post opposing some deals with India.
Moudud said the violent acts by BCL have given an impression that there is no government in the country.
“The people don’t want to see the current government in power anymore. They want anarchy to be removed and the rule of law, freedom of press, the independence of the judiciary and peace to be restored,” he observed.
The BNP leader called upon the country’s people to get united to get rid of the current situation.
He said the government is creating a discrimination in enforcing law in the country as Jubo League leader Ismail Chowdhury Samrat was taken to hospital for treatment within two days of his arrest while three-time former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia is not getting proper treatment for a long time.
“She’s been kept in a small cabin of PG Hospital (BSMMU) showing a negligent attitude towards her.”
He said Khaleda Zia must be freed through a united movement of people to restore democracy in the country.
Dhaka, Oct 10 (UNB) – The BNP-led 20-party Alliance will hold a commemorative meeting on slain Buet student Abrar Fahad in the city on Tuesday.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the alliance held at BNP Chairperson’s Gulshan office.
BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan announced the programme after the meeting.
He said they will later decide about the venue of the meeting.
Besides, Nazrul said, the 20-party extended its support to BNP’s public gathering programmes in cities and district towns for Saturday and Sunday demanding the cancellation of ‘anti-state’ deals with India and protesting the killing of Abrar.
He said their meeting strongly condemned and protested the ‘anti-state’ bilateral documents signed with India during the Prime Minister’s recent visit.
Nazrul said the alliance also demanded the government cancel the recent deals with the neighbouring country in the interests of Bangladesh and its people.
He said their meeting also denounced the killing of Abrar and demanded the government ensure exemplary punishment to all the offenders involved with the incident.
Dhaka, Oct 10 (UNB) – President of Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Oli Ahmad on Thursday said the government has got defeated diplomatically to India by signing ‘unequal deals’.
“No one of the Awami League government was elected (with people’s votes). In their 10-year rule, they couldn’t bring any (common) river’s water from India as it knows anything can be realised from the Awami League’s weak and subservient regime,” he said.
Speaking at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club, he further said, “The current government has got repeatedly defeated to India diplomatically. This government has given India everything it needs. They failed to protect the country’s interests due to their greed for power and money.”
Oli, also the convener of the Jatiya Mukti Mancha, urged the country’s people to get united and raise their voices in a peaceful manner to get rid of the country’s current situation.
He strongly condemned the killing of Buet student Abrar Fahad by Chhatra League leaders for protesting the deals signed with India.
The LDP chief alleged that the real offenders involved with the Abrar murder are yet to be arrested.
He alleged that the government gave the Chhatra League ‘arms and illegal money’ to suppress the opposition political parties.
Oli said a group of teachers are also allowing the students to go astray instead of keeping them on the right path. “It’s a blueprint to destroy our new generation.”
He demanded the government sack the incapable teachers and remove the corrupt vice-chancellors (VCs) from their posts.
The LDP president also wants the government to stop political party-affiliated student politics at the educational institutions.
He questioned as to why the government is not arresting the ministers and ruling party MPs who backed those indulged in casino business.
Oli demanded the government arrest all those involved in the casino business and drug trading.
Dhaka, Oct 10 (UNB) – BNP on Thursday alleged that the government signed ‘anti-state’ bilateral documents with India as part of its ‘abortive’ efforts to stay in power by appeasing the ‘powerful’ neighbour.
Speaking at a press conference, BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain urged the government to revoke the ‘anti-state’ deals with India as the country’s people and students have got aggrieved over it.
BNP standing committee arranged the press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.
Reading out a written statement, Mosharraf said, “The outcome of the Prime Minister’s recent India tour has manifested how appalling and destructive the consequences can for the country and its people when the state power is grabbed by a force which is not accountable to people and elected by their votes.”
He further said, “The government neither informed people about the deals nor took proper preparation before the Prime Minister’s India tour. This (the signing of deals) is mere a futile and temporary effort to hang onto power by appeasing the powerful neighbour through sacrificing the interests of the country and its people.”
The BNP leader said their party also wants good relations with India based on equity. “Bilateral ties should be based on ‘give-and-take’ policy. But what the government is doing is only giving (India). People didn’t give the government any right to sign unequal deals that would harm the interests of the country.”
He demanded the government make public the bilateral documents signed during the Prime Minister’s recent India tour with elaborate information. “We also want the government to cancel all the deals that are against the country’s interests.”
The BNP leader accused the government of killing Buet student Abrar Fahad through its ‘cadres’ for protesting the deals on his Facebook account.
Describing Abrar as the ‘voice of Bangladesh’, Mosharraf said he is a martyr for the cause of the country’s interests, its independence and sovereignty. “His cruel death can’t go in vain and won’t be allowed to turn futile.”
Referring to Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque’s comment that Tripura’s Sabroom town will turn into a Karbala if Feni River’s water is not given, he said the Foreign Secretary should first protect the country’s interests. “The screams of lakhs of Bangladeshis faced by drought because of the Farakka Barrage didn’t touch his heart.”
The BNP leader said agricultural activities will be affected in the country during dry season while the Muhuri project will turn ineffective if India withdraws water from the Feni River. “He (Shahidul) and his government are much active to prevent Sabroom from becoming Karbala while the destruction of their own country and screams of its people are much valueless to them.”
Mosharraf said some companies and India will be benefited, not Bangladesh, by allowing export of LPG to Tripura. ”What did we get, except Tagore Peace Award, by allowing India this facility?”
He said the Prime Minister gave ‘false’ information during her Wednesday’s press conference about the Ganges Treaty as she said Ziaur Rahman could not sign it. “The fact is that the Ganges Treaty was signed during Ziaur Rahman’s rule in 1977. Rather, the current Prime Minister-led government signed a deal in 1996 dropping the guarantee clause of the previous treaty, harming the country’s interests.”
Mosharraf also termed untrue the Prime Minister’s comment that Khaleda Zia had forgotten to talk about the Teesta water-sharing issue during her first India tour as the Prime Minister. “In the joint declaration issued during that visit, it was mentioned that the both sides agreed on the sharing of water in the highest interest of the people of the two countries in a long-term integrated process based on equality. If there was no discussion, how was this statement included in the joint declaration? "
BNP standing committee members Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and Selima Rahman were present at the programme.
Dhaka, Oct 9 (UNB) – The acting president of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on Wednesday warned that it will give a “fitting reply” if anyone tries to destabilise the country over Buet student Abrar Fahad’s murder.
“Police and administration are doing their work. Chhatra League has already expelled those found involved in the incident,” Al Nahean Khan Joy told a press conference at Dhaka University.
BCL acting General Secretary Lekhak Bhattacharjee was also present at the briefing.
Abrar, a second-year electrical and electronic engineering student, was beaten to death by Chhatra League activists at his residential hall on early Monday.
Joy claimed that a certain quarter is trying to disgrace Bangladesh in the international arena by manipulating the incident.
He said BCL has taken punitive action against offenders after investigation. “Action will be taken against anyone found guilty,” he said.