Govt wants to realise political purpose using extremism issue: Fakhrul

Staff Correspondent | Published: 17:09, Mar 16,2017

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir

Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. — Focusbangla file photo

Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday claimed that the government wants to realise political purpose using the issue of extremism ignoring the party’s call for national unit to eliminate extremism.

Talking to reporters, Fakhrul alleged that a quarter has been working to establish extremism in Bangladesh as a result fair investigation into extremism issues was not being carried out.

He alleged that in most cases, it has been found that suspected extremists who were arrested were killed without producing them before court.  So some mystery about extremism remained, he added.

Fakhrul was talking to reporters on the premises of grave of late president Ziaur Rahman, founder of BNP, at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital, after placing wreath and offered fateha along with leaders and activists of Narayanganj district BNP led by the district unit’s new committee.

Replying to a query, he said Awami League after assuming in power since 2008 created new issue when an issue of public concern appeared to divert public attention from the issue. It is an ‘ill-motive’ of Awami League, he said.

Asked whether BNP is prepared for next election, Fakhrul said BNP is an election-oriented party and always remained prepared for election.

The party does not need to take extra preparation as it wants to change of political power through election, he said adding that they would take decision about election campaign after announcement of election schedule.

The BNP secretary general said prime minister Sheikh Hasina has violated the election code of conduct seeking vote for boat, election symbol of Awami League, by enjoying and using the government’s privilege.

Fakhrul said they were not surprised much because he said that character of Awami League is like that to hold election by enjoying the government’s privileges.

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