Dhaka, Aug 23 (UNB) – Amid the growing incidents of rape and violence against women and children, BNP has formed a forum to stand by the victims of such repression with legal and other support, and create a social movement to prevent these menaces.
Party standing committee member Selima Rahman has been made convener of the 61-member “Nari O Shishu Odhikar Forum” (Women and Children Rights Forum).
BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy came up with the announcement at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office on Friday.
Party executive committee member advocate Nipun Roy has been made member secretary of the forum while mid-level leaders of the party and its associate bodies, pro-BNP professionals, including lawyers, doctors and businessmen have been made its members.
An advisory panel of the forum has also been formed with Gayeshwar as its chief adviser. The other members of the panel are advocate Khandker Mahbub Hossain, AJ Mohammad Ali, AZM Zahid Hossain, Abdul Awal Mintoo, Zainul Abedin and Ruhul Kabir Rizvi.
Speaking at the press meet, Gayeshwar said the country’s people are witnessing an appalling scenario of repression on women and children which cannot be controlled in any way. “That’s why BNP has taken the initiative to constitute the forum from its own responsibility. Our aim is to create such committees in all the regions of Bangladesh by involving a group of party leaders with the forum.”
He said many brutal incidents of violence against women are suppressed by the influential quarters. “Our forum will work so that the ruling party and the influential quarters cannot hush up such incidents and deny the victims justice.”
Gayeshwar said they formed the forum as per directives of their party acting chairman Tarique Rahman.
Selima Rahman said the growing incidents of rape, killing and repression have badly engulfed the entire country. “Guardians are seriously worried about the security of their girls and children. The repression of women and children marked a sharp raise due to the misrule and lack of accountability of the government.”
She alleged that all the previous records of violence against women and children have broken during the current regime as ruling party men are involved with most such incidents. “Bangladesh has now become a den of rape. From the nine-month-old baby girl to 80-year-old women are not spared from the lust of rapists.”
Selima said they came up with the forum as part of their social movement against prevailing violence against women and children and social unjust.
Dhaka, Aug 22 (UNB) – BNP on Thursday alleged that the Prime Minister and some ruling party leaders are making ‘futile’ efforts to mislead people with their ‘false’ propaganda involving Khaleda Zia and her on Tarique Rahman with the August-21 grenade attack.
Speaking at a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also accused Awami League of trying to make a political gain by ‘disgustingly using’ the gruesome attack carried out in 2004.
“The Prime Minister is saying Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman had involvement with the incident. As it’s so, they’re supposed to flee the country after such a massive incident. But they didn’t do that. The Prime Minister and her party’s some leaders are resorting to brazen falsehood and propaganda, and making pointless efforts to confuse people. But the truth can’t be suppressed,” he said.
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said a heinous incident like August-21 could not have taken place in broad daylight without the patronage of the then BNP-Jamaat coalition.
Hasina said then Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was not made accused though she had extended direct cooperation in this regard. “She was the prime minister as well as the home minister at that time. She cannot evade her responsibility.”
Rizvi said Awami League has been doing ill-motivated politics since the beginning of the grenade attack incident. “This incident was part of a deep-rooted blueprint…the real offenders could have been got exposed had there been a fair and neutral investigation into the incident.”
He claimed that Tarique Rahman was implicated in the incident in the name of a supplementary chargesheet and convicted through a ‘dictated’ court verdict. “They did it with a political motive as part of their master plan and a deep-rooted plot.”
The BNP leader alleged that Awami League is doing a ‘foul’ politics to destroy and belittle Tarique.
He also claimed people believe that the story made by the ruling party about the involvement of BNP and Tarique Rahman with the August-21 grenade attack false. “People have got surprised and shocked seeing such disgusting politic by Awami League.”
Dhaka, Aug 21 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Wednesday said there is a question in public mind whether Awami League had ‘involvement’ with the blueprint of the August-21 grenade attack.
“Everybody knows the fact. It (August-21 attack) was part of a deep-rooted blueprint. People have doubt whether the ruling party (AL) had involvement with it. A question has arisen in public mind about it,” he said.
Rizvi, BNP senior joint secretary general, came up with the remarks while speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office.
The nation is observing the 15th anniversary of the savage August-21 grenade attack on an Awami League rally in the city that killed at least 24 leaders and activists of the party and injured 300 others.
However, Sheikh Hasina, the then opposition leader, luckily escaped the attack unhurt but her hearing was affected badly.
Nearly 14 years after the gruesome grenade attack, a Dhaka court on October 10 last year sentenced 19 people, including the then BNP-led government’s state minister for home affairs, Lutfozzaman Babar, to death.
Tarique Rahman, the exiled eldest son of jailed BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and the party's current acting chairman, and 18 others were also sentenced to life in prison in the case.
Rizvi claimed that the investigation into the grenade attack case was not fair and impartial. “The neutral investigation was obstructed, and we repeatedly talked about it in the past.”
He said Tarique Rahman's name was not there in the chargesheet submitted during the 1/11 government on August 22, 2007 accusing 22 people.
The BNP leader alleged that Tarique’s name was included in the supplementary chargesheet of the case when Awami League came to power.
He questioned as to why the IO of the case did not get Torque’s involvement in the grenade attack during the 1/11 regime.
“Tarique Rahman was implicated in the case with a political motive. Had there been the rule of law, justice and good governance, the real offenders would have been punished,” Rizvi observed.
Describing the August-21-grenade attack as a tragic incident, those who conspired against the then BNP government might have carried out it.
Reacting to ruling party leaders’ remarks accusing BNP for the grenade attack, Rizvi said, “Pilkhana carnage took place during Awami League’s rule. As it’s so, is Awami League responsible for the incident?”
As his attention was drawn to the Information Minister’s comment that Khaleda Zia had involvement with the August-21 incident, he said they can say anything as they are now in power, but people know the fact.
Dhaka, Aug 20 (UNB) – Branding the current government as a ‘fraud’ one, BNP on Tuesday alleged it is ‘plundering’ public money from every sector like Bargis, a group of Maratha soldiers who had indulged in large scale plundering of people’s wealth during the 18th century.
“This government has become a completely fraudulent one. It’s a government for the looters, by the looters and of the looters, as there’s nothing, but plundering everywhere,” said BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “From the grassroots to the upper level of the regime is involved with plundering. If you talk to people both in rural and urban areas, investors and bankers, you’ll get an idea about how looting is going on everywhere.”
Nationalist Research Centre, a pro-BNP body, arranged the programme titled ‘My Country, My Industries’ at the Jatiya Press Club.
Fakhrul alleged that ruling party men are ‘looting’ from the TR and Kabikha projects to mega ones and distributing the ill-gotten money among the Awami League leaders and activists. “Once Bargis used to plunder people’s wealth, now the ruling party men and their cohorts are doing nothing, but looting.”
To get rid of the current situation of the country and ‘restore’ democracy, he said ‘patriot’ leader Khaleda Zia must be freed from jail and a government with people’s mandate will have to be installed.
The BNP leader said a fresh and credible election must be held under a neutral government by reconstituting the Election Commission to establish a pro-people government.
About the rawhide crisis, Fakhrul said many orphanages and religious institutions that dependent on the income from selling rawhides are now in a deep trouble due to a serious slide in their prices during the Eid-ul-Azha. “The prices of rawhides were lowered in a planned way to force people to damage the skins of sacrificial animals.”
Referring to reports of some local and Indian newspapers, the BNP secretary general said around Tk 80,000 crore have been recently invested in a leather processing hub at West Bengal’s Bantala near Benapole border for its massive expansion.
He also said the tanneries in India’s Kanpur have been shut as cow slaughtering is prohibited at the butcher houses there. “The Indian government has now permitted the tanners of Kanpur to shift to Bantala.”
Fakhrul said there might have a correlation between the crisis in leather industry in Bangladesh and the expansion of Bantala leather hub’s expansion. “A sudden announcement was made that rawhides can be exported. We should think about where will the rawhides go through export?
He also said though a place was allocated at Savar for relocating the tanneries from Hazaribagh, the government was never sincere in this regard. “They (govt) did not take necessary measures for the relocation of the tanneries and save the industry. So, this industry has collapsed. There’s no scope to see the matter lightly.”
The BNP leader also said no manufacturing industry, except the garment one, is developed in Bangladesh as the government has failed to take effective steps and create a scope for it.
He said the country is falling behind for the government’s failure to tap the potentials in the industrial sector. “We’re also failing to create jobs for lack of manufacturing industries.”
Dhaka, Aug 19 (UNB) – Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader on Monday said people are searching for a political force that will work in favour of them, as a serious political vacuum has been prevailing in the country.
“Common people are looking for a political force that will understand their demands and eye movements,” he said.
Quader made the remarks at a programme at the party Chairman’s Banani office marking the joining of two Cumilla BNP leaders to Jatiya Party.
He said Jatiya Party will do politics to fulfill people’s expectations by strengthening its organisational capacity with united efforts.
The Jatiya Party chairman urged his party colleagues to work for earning people’s confidence to get their mandate for governing the country in the days to come.
He said their party has been active in politics as an effective opposition party to show the government its mistakes and wrongdoings. “We’ll do positive politics in favour of the country and its people.”
Mentioning that it is nearly impossible to force any government to quit in Bangladesh, Quader said political parties should allow any elected government to complete its five-year tenure and get organised for the next election.
BNP Cumilla (south) Sadar upazila unit vice-president Abdus Sattar Poddar and its joint general secretary Sakhawat Hossain joined Jatiya Party at the programme by presenting a bouquet to Quader.