BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir
Fakhrul slams civil society members for their silence against repression, misdeeds
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday regretted that the civil society members keep mum when their party men are killed and tortured on the streets as they do not consider the opposition leaders and activists as human beings. “I would like to say one thing with sorrow that we are being subjected to huge injustice and repression and our 17 people lost their lives in police firing on the streets for democracy. But those of our people talk nicely about democracy, good society, development and middle-income country, they don’t consider our leaders and activists as human beings,” he said. Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader alleged that police also pick up opposition leaders and activists without any warrant and show them arrested in different cases relating to sabotage and explosion as there is no rule of law in the country. Besides, he said police file a case against 100 known BNP leaders and activists and over 1,000 others unidentified ones after any incident. Fakhrul said their party’s around 35 lakh people are facing ‘false’ cases. "Can it be imagined? Can 35 lakh leaders and activists of a democratic party be implicated in 35 lakh cases in any civilised democratic country? Can it be called a democratic state? Our only offence is that we’re working for restoring people’s rights. Only the sufferers know how much ordeal they’re going through?” Also read: AL destroys electoral system by “so-called” SCBA polls, says BNP demanding fresh vote He said the civil society members remain silent about such repression as they think the victims belong to BNP and they are not human beings and citizens of the country. Zia Parishad, a pro-BNP platform, arranged the discussion programme at a city hotel. Fakhrul said Bangladesh has been going through the toughest time of its 52 years’ history as the Awami League usurped power deceiving the country’s people. “They’re deceiving people so much in every case, everywhere that can never be imagined. He said the government’s biggest offence is that it has destroyed all the state institutions. Referring to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s comment on identifying those who are putting the state institutions into question, Fakhrul said, “Who will the people identify first? People have already identified that they (AL) are continuously not only making the institutions questionable but also destroying those. There is no institution, including parliament, that Awami League has not destroyed.” He said the government has created such a situation in the country that BNP leaders and activists cannot stay in their houses for months after months to avoid getting arrested.” He said their party has long been on a movement for the restoration of the caretaker government and sacrificing their lives for ensuring a credible election. “Caretaker government is not our concept as together with Jatiya Party and Jamaat came up with the concept” He said democracy was destroyed repeatedly by Awami League while it has been restored by Ziaur Rahman and Khaleda Zia. “This is the fact and there is no scope to deny it.”
Govt negligence turns Dhaka into 'explosion-prone’ deadly city: Fakhrul
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday voiced concern that Dhaka has become an 'explosion-prone’ and 'dangerous' city due to the government’s extreme negligence and mismanagement.” “Explosions have been taking place one after another in the country for the past few days. These incidents are happening as there is no supervision of the construction work of the buildings or their maintenance,” he said. Read more: Blast in Sidddique Bazar not from gas leakage: Titas Gas In a brief address before launching a rally, the BNP leader said the government organisations that are supposed to monitor and inspect these buildings are not properly doing their duties as they are involved in corruption. As a result, he said, there is no security in the buildings to prevent explosions and there is no system to prevent fire there. “So, such terrible explosions are happening, leaving many people dead and injured. In fact, Dhaka has now become an explosion-prone and most dangerous city,” Fakhrul said. Read more: Gulistan building turned risky after blast: Home Minister He also bemoaned that the air in Dhaka city is said to be the most polluted in the world. Besides, the BNP leader alleged that the wind of corruption has now completely engulfed Bangladesh. Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal arranged the rally in front of the Jatiya Press Club, marking International Women's Day. The leaders and activists of Mohila Dal took part in the rally wearing purple sarees and holding purple balloons and placards with the photos of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia. At least 19 people were dead and over 100 injured in a huge explosion in a 5-storey building in Siddique Bazar of Dhaka’s Gulistan area. Read more: Reason behind Gulistan blast to be known after examining samples: Rab director Earlier on Sunday, three people were killed in an explosion in a building in Dhaka's Science laboratory area while seven people were killed and many injured in another explosion and fire at an oxygen plant in Chattogram’s Sitakunda on Saturday.
Mirza Fakhrul, Abbas shown arrested in Paltan police station case: DB Chief
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and Standing Committee member Mirza Abbas have been shown arrested in a case filed with Paltan police station over Wednesday’s clash that left one dead and several injured. “They have been arrested in the case filed under the Explosive Substance Act at Paltan police station on Thursday after questioning,” said Harun Or Rashid Chief of Detective Branch of Dhaka Metropolitan Police at a press briefing in the capital Friday. Read more: 205 BNP leaders, activists sued over crude bomb blasts in Barishal They will be produced before court today and a remand will be sought to interrogate them, he said. They were accused of instigating, planning and directing an attack on police, crude bomb explosion, destroying public property and lives, he added When asked whether any other central BNP leader is under surveillance he said,” If anyone else is involved with such crimes we will take action against them too. We are keeping an eye on everything.” Questioned about the BNP’s rally venue he said BNP is now proposing Golapbagh field but no decision was taken yet in this regard. In the early hours of Friday, BNP’s Media Cell member Sayrul Kabir Khan said that a team of Detective Branch (DB) of police picked up Mirza Fakhrul and Mirza Abbas from their homes in separate raids in the capital city. Earlier on Thursday night, a BNP delegation had a six-hour meeting with the DMP commissioner where they talked about holding the rally on Saturday (December 10) either at Kamalapur Stadium or Mirpur Bangla College ground. Later, Abbas with some BNP leaders visited the two venues. Read more: Police control of BNP office at Nayapaltan continues amid mounting tension On Wednesday, a Swechchasebak Dal leader was killed and around 50 others were injured in a clash between police and the BNP activists in front of the party’s Nayapaltan central office ahead of its December 10 rally. On Thursday, a Dhaka court sent 445 BNP leaders and activists to jail in two cases filed over Wednesday’s violence. Party’s Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, Dhaka south city unit convener Abdus Salam and Publication Secretary Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annie were among the top leaders who were sent to jail, pending further legal procedures.
AL trying to snatch votes again, just like they did in 2014 and 2018: Fakhrul
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Saturday said their stance is clear that no election will be held under Sheikh Hasina; she has to resign and dissolve parliament. “She has to hand over power to a caretaker government. That neutral government will hold a free and fair election,” he said while addressing the crowds at Bangabandhu Udyan during BNP’s Barishal Divisional rally. He said that Awami League is trying to snatch votes again, like they did in the elections of 2014 and 2018. “They are trying to show that the new Chief Election Commissioner is neutral who said the election will be held using electronic voting machines. But we have strongly opposed it,” he added. Also read: BNP divisional rally begins at packed Barishal venue He said the government keeps saying that Bangladesh is self-sufficient in food production and there is development everywhere. “But the reality is 42 percent people in Bangladesh are still living under the poverty line,” said Fakhrul. He said the ongoing movement of BNP is not only to save its Chairperson Khaleda Zia, Tarique Rahman or any leaders but also for saving the people of Bangladesh. He acknowledged and praised party activists and leaders who started arriving to the venue from Thursday, defying all obstacles amid no vehicular movement. Tens of thousands of BNP activists and leaders joined the divisional rally in Barishal city, demanding the release of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and national election under a non-party neutral government. Also read: Ishraque says motorcade attacked on the way to BNP’s Barishal rally The rally began around 11 am at the city’s Bangabandhu Udyan. The crowd spilled out onto the surrounding roads. Saturday’s rally is be the fifth by the BNP at the divisional level. The first one was held in Chattogram, the second one in Mymensingh, and the third and fourth in Khulna and Rangpur, respectively.
BNP’s ideology stands poles apart from Jamaat, it sees India as a special friend, says Mirza Fakhrul in an exclusive interview with UNB
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said that his party is different from Jamaat-e-Islami in terms of ideology and political principles. “We believe in democracy, religious freedom and religious values of all religions. But Jamaat does politics to establish Islam and it doesn’t match with us,” Fakhrul said in an exclusive interview with UNB at his Uttara residence this week. He, however, said that there are many equations and polarisations in parliamentary politics. “The main issue here is the number or 151 seats,” he said. Read more: US sanctions on RAB made BNP fearless in anti-government protests: Fakhrul Every party, he said, tries to get 151 seats and that's why parties make alliances with Jamaat or reach an understating with Jamaat without forging an alliance. “Awami League had a clear relationship with Jamaat when it waged a movement against us in 1994-1996.” The BNP leader said their party had an electoral alliance with Jamaat, but not an ideological one. “Our politics will depend entirely on our interests. We’re now going to wage our simultaneous movement independently but not under any alliance.” He also said Awami League talks against Jamaat only to make political gains, but it has not so far taken any step to ban the party. Replying to a question, Fakhrul said their party wants all opposition parties, including the left-leaning and Islamic ones, to participate in the simultaneous movement to force the AL government to resign paving the way for holding the next general election under a neutral caretaker administration.
It’s mockery with nation, says Fakhrul about EC’s Tk 8,711cr project to buy EVMs
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday described the Election Commission's (EC’s) project to buy two lakh more electronic voting machines (EVMs) as a mockery with the nation. "You see what kind of mockery is happening with the nation (in the name of procuring EVMs) when people want the election to be held under an impartial government and all political parties, except Awami League, have told the Election Commission that we don't want EVMs,” he said. Speaking at a press conference at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office, Fakhrul said the EC has sought Tk 8,711 crore for buying EVMs to use those in 150 seats in the next general election. “It’s like a rogue state as there’s no accountability in this country." Read: EVMs in 150 constituencies: EC finalises Tk 8,711cr project Earlier on Monday, the EC finalised the project to buy two lakh electronic voting machines and their management. The project will now be sent to the Planning Commission for government approval. A few days ago, Fakhrul said the cabinet secretary made it very clear in a meeting of the Planning Commission that most of the projects are made for stealing public money. “Even the projects are not assessed here while the loan agreements are signed in the middle of the night. This is the overall situation of the country.” He said there is no government or governance in the country as Awami League has turned Bangladesh into a terrible failed state. “We never imagined that we would see such a Bangladesh one day." Harassment in the name of collecting info Fakhrul alleged that police are harassing BNP and opposition party leaders and workers in the name of collecting their personal information in the rural areas, creating an alarming situation. “Police in various areas are collecting information from one political worker to another. They’re also collecting the list of committees of BNP and its associate bodies. Such activities of the police are not justified in any way by the Constitution, the Code of Criminal Procedure and the Police Act or the Police Rules or any other law,” he said. Read:BNP turns down EC’s move to use EVMs up to 150 seats The BNP leader said the law enforcers are also violating the right to privacy of the citizen and interfering in the enjoyment of legal rights and personal liberty of the citizen by such a move. “It is a clear violation of Articles 31, 32 and 43 of the Constitution.” He said the law enforcers are collecting detailed information about the BNP leaders and activists, their children and relatives and property apparently to suppress them and spread fear among them. “BNP wants an end to this situation. We call upon the police authorities to fulfill their constitutional duty to create a democratic environment in the country by stopping the harassment of ordinary citizens and political workers," Fakhrul said. Whenever the leaders and workers of BNP initiate a movement, he said, the police start raiding their houses and collecting information about them by going door to door. “They have no constitutional authority to do so. There they are just doing it as a strategy to harass people and suppress the movement. We condemn it and call upon them to refrain from it.” Fakhrul also narrated how their party's senior leaders, including standing committee member Selima Rahman, vice chairman Barkatullah Bulu and his wife were attacked by the ruling party activists. “The way senior leaders were attacked and Bulu and his wife were beaten is unimaginable. But no one has so far been arrested in these connections. Even, not a single case has been filed. It’s disrespectful to the state.”
“It’s ridiculous”: Fakhrul says about PM’s comment on fair polls under AL
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday termed ‘ridiculous’ Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s remark on fair elections under her Awami League government. “The Prime Minister said in the UK that fair and beautiful polls are held during the Awami League government. Even, a horse would laugh hearing your words,” he said dismissing the PM’s claim. Read:Shameful for PM to be questioned by BBC on fair polls: BNP Speaking at a rally, the BNP leader said every person in Bangladesh knows that she made a fake claim on fair elections. “So, a slogan--Sheikh Hasina is fake--would be shouted all over Bangladesh.” Khilgaon zone of Dhaka south city unit arranged the rally in Khilgaon Jorpukur field protesting the price hike of fuel, daily essentials and the killing of three opposition leaders in Bhola and Narayanganj in police firing and attacks on different programmes of the party.
Make public names of conspirators: Fakhrul to PM
Stating that an anti-government movement cannot be a plot, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to make public the names of those conspiring against her. “The Prime Minister said yesterday (Wednesday) that a new plot has begun to oust her and she knows the conspirators. I would like to urge her…. you please clearly make public their names. The nation wants to know who they are,” he said. Speaking at a discussion programme, he categorically said any movement for toppling a government is not a conspiracy. “We would like to clearly and openly declare that we want to establish a pro-people government by removing this fascist and authoritarian regime through a mass movement. There’s no question of any plot here,” the BNP leader said. Also read: Don't cry, wake up: Fakhrul to BNP activists He said it is Awami League that came to power by resorting to conspiracy in 2008. Fakhrul said a vested quarter in a planned way hatched a conspiracy to defeat BNP in 2008 and filled ballot boxes on the night before the voting day to ensure Awami League’s victory. “The election was held in the same way in 2018...Even, the Jatiya Party secretary general said voting was held at night and they themselves did it,” the BNP leader observed. The pro-BNP faction of the Dhaka Union of Journalists (DUJ) arranged the programme at Jatiya Press Club, marking its founding anniversary. Earlier on Thursday, PM Hasina said a fresh plot has begun to oust her from power as the country is heading towards another national election. “Conspiracies were hatched before the national elections in 2014 and 2018. They are again hatching their conspiracies to remove me from power. I know all of them [conspirators]," she said. Fakhrul alleged that Awami League shut down many media outlets, repressed and killed many journalists, implicated many of them in different cases and enacted the Digital Security Act to gag the media. “It’s natural for Awami League as it’s their basic character. Awami League doesn’t believe in democracy. It’s also the party’s character to deceive people. This party does exactly the opposite of what it says” Also read: BNP, Montu-led Gonoforum agree on simultaneous anti-govt movement About the change in the superintendent of police (SP) in 40 out of 64 districts, he said those who genuinely belong to Awami League were made SPs through the fresh reshuffle in the police administration. Besides, he said the government appointed 11 additional judges to the High Court Division of the Supreme Court. “If you investigate, you’ll find all of them are Awami cadres. Has this country been liberated only for Awami League? He said Bangladesh is now under the worst form of authoritarian rule since there is no democracy and no press freedom. “So, there’s no point in talking about democracy and justice here. Ensuring the fall of this regime through a united movement of people is the only way left for us.”
BNP denounces Abe's dastardly assassination
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has expressed deep shock over the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. In a condolence message on Friday, he said, “The killing of the former prime minister of Japan is disgusting and cowardly.” The BNP leader said the world community has got terrified and worried by this tragic incident. “The people of Bangladesh and the BNP have also become shocked and disappointed by this heartbreaking incident,” he said. Also read: Shinzo Abe was a true friend of Bangladesh: GM Quader Stating that the international community has lost a world leader, the BNP leader said, “He (Abe) was a veteran, experienced, prudent politician and a good ruler.” “The perpetrators of this inhuman bloody incident can never be allies of humanity,” he observed. Describing the killers of Shinoza Abe as cowards, Fakhrul strongly condemn the heinous incident. He prayed for eternal peace for the departed soul of Abe. The BNP leader also expressed his sympathy to the bereaved people of Japan and the families of the victims and their loved ones. Shinzo Abe, 67, died after being shot while giving a campaign speech in Japan on Friday. Abe immediately collapsed and was seen bleeding before he was taken to hospital. The attack on Abe and his subsequent death shocked the entire world. Also read: Khaleda to celebrate Eid with sister, granddaughter Bangladesh is observing state mourning today (July 9) showing deep respect to Japan's longest-serving Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
AL can’t earn people’s trust even with 1000 Padma bridges: BNP
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday said the Awami League government will not be able to earn the confidence of people even if it builds a thousand Padma bridges keeping 'democracy besieged. "Hold a credible election to see how much confidence people have in you (govt). Ayub Khan also carried out development activities during the Pakistan period. There’s no point of constructing a thousand Padma bridges if there is no democracy and political emancipation of people and if they don't have voting and other rights,” he said. Fakhrul came up with the remarks at a press conference at BNP Chairperson’s Gulshan office reacting to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s recent comment that people are giving Awami league votes again and again as they have confidence in her government. Read: BNP leaders, activists being obstructed from distributing flood relief: Tuku He questioned how the government gained people’s confidence by rigging votes the night before the election day and by depriving people of their voting rights. Reiterating their party’s stance on the next polls, the BNP leader said their party will participate in the election if it is held under a non-party neutral government. "A neutral and non-partisan government is a must for a free and fair election in Bangladesh. Otherwise, even if you bring the election commissioners from heaven, you won’t have a credible election. “It’s impossible,” he observed. Fakhrul who recovered from Covid infection recently came up with the outcome of their party’s standing committee meeting at the press conference. He said their standing committee meeting feels that the government has completely failed to stand by the affected people in the flood-hit areas. “It could not reach adequate relief materials among people. There’s no visible activity by the government for rehabilitating flood victims. The BNP leader said the meeting demanded the government immediately take steps for ensuring food, clothes, medical treatment and construction of houses for the affected people. He said their standing committee members expressed serious resentment as the Planning Minister himself admitted that the 6th Population and Housing Census was not done properly across the country. “It has never been possible to get the actual information through all kinds of surveys and studies during the tenure of the current government as data collection are done as per its instructions… as a result, international organisations can’t trust all the information and data of Bangladesh,” the BNP leader said. About the sudden rise in load-shedding, Fakhrul said people across the country have been experiencing terrible power outages. “The frequent power cuts have proved that the government’s comments on cent percent electricity coverage are just rhetoric. He said the government set up quick-rental power plants with the main goal to make their pockets heavier by indulging in corruption. The BNP leader said the frequent power cuts are signs that Bangladesh is moving towards a fragile condition. Read:BNP blames govt for fresh spike in Covid cases Fakhrul said their meeting observed that the real foreign exchange reserves now stand at 34.02 billion as $7.5billion loans from the reserves were given to the influential persons close to the government high-ups in the name of the Export Development Fund (EDF). They said these are forced loans given by the state-owned banks and the IMF has suggested not to including this amount of money in foreign exchange reserves. The meeting also observed that the $7.5 billion are unlikely to return as foreign currency to the country's foreign exchange reserves. The government is doing this terrible damage to the country by violating all the rules and regulations of the economy and the reserves only for the benefit of its own close and influential people. He said the influential people did huge damage to the country's economy by siphoning off foreign currency abroad from the country in the name of EDF loans. “Economists fear that the far-reaching effects of such loans will bankrupt the social economy and the economy as a whole.” The BNP leader said their meeting voiced deep concern over the EDF loans from the serves and decided to present a report with detailed information on the issue.