Country’s future hinges on president's action: Fakhrul

Staff Correspondent | Update:

Mirza FakhrulBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday expressed doubt on whether party chairperson Khaleda Zia will get justice in graft cases given the way her arch-rival, prime minister Sheikh Hasina makes statement about the sub-judice matter.

“The way the prime minister is speaking of the cases against the BNP chairperson says what the verdict of the cases will be,” said Mirza Fakhrul while addressing a discussion meeting in the capital.

The BNP’s cultural wing Jatiyatabadi Sangskritik Jote organised the discussion meeting marking the death anniversary of filmmaker Chashi Nazrul Islam.

Referring to premier and Bangladesh Awami League president Sheikh Hasina’s Tuesday’s speech at Suhrawardy Udyan rally, the BNP secretary general said, “While the cases are still pending with the court, the prime minister gave the verdict.”

Mentioning that the prime minister is the chief executive, Mirza Fakhrul asked, “Then, is there any necessity of the judges to issue the verdict?”

He said they have got the message about what the verdict should be.

Dwelling on the reconstitution of the election commission, Fakhrul said the future of the election commission as well as of the country depends on what the president will do finally.

“The future of Bangladesh depends on the election of a truly democratic government through a democratic election with the participation of all political parties,” he added.

Protesting at the prime minister’s remarks on militancy, the BNP leader said the BNP, too, wants the mastermind of militants to be tracked down and then tried.

“But the accused are being killed. There is neither any investigation nor any trial,” Fakhrul alleged and hastened to ask whether the militants are “not being brought to justice just because the AL will be unmasked if the trials are held.”

The BNP leader was very critical of Sheikh Hasina for the way she speaks and said, “Those who believe in democracy speak in democratic manner.”

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