‘Jan 11 a full-scale military takeover ‘

New Age Online

A group of academics, politicians and media professionals on Saturday termed the political changeover on January 11 in 2007 a ‘full-scale military takeover’ in disguise of emergency government.
They were speaking at a launching ceremony of a book titled ‘Bangladesh: Emergency and The Aftermath (2007-2008) written by Bangladesh Nationalist Party standing committee member and senior jurist Moudud Ahmed, at the Supreme Court Bar Association Auditorium in the city.
‘That was a full-scale military takeover and the then chief of army staff Moin Uddin Ahmed was the real policy maker of that,’ political scientist Emajuddin Ahmed, also former vice-chancellor of Dhaka University, told the function.
The political scientist also held the country’s politicians responsible for failing to reach a consensus that paved the way for ‘military coup d’état’.
‘Politicians have miserably failed to do what they should have done at that time. Why could the politicians not have reached a consensus on appointing chief adviser and reconstitution of the Election Commission?’
Moudud Ahmed said a handful number of highly ambitious army officials, not the entire military, had staged the military coup in disguise of emergency government.
Moudu claimed that a group of army officers told him during an interrogation that they wanted to make Moin Uddin Ahmed the president of the country.
He also said the situation the country’s judiciary has reached today was started at the time of that emergency government.
Senior jurist Rafique-ul Huq, News Today editor Reazuddin Ahmed, New Age editor Nurul Kabir, BNP chairperson’s adviser Abdul Awal Mintoo and the proprietor of University Press Limited, which published the book, Mohiuddin Ahmed, spoke, among others, on the occasion.

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