Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday asked the Canadian government to extradite Noor Chowdhury, one of the self-proclaimed killers of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
‘One of the convicted killers of Bangabandhu is now residing in your country, extradite him,’ she told outgoing Canadian high commissioner Benoit-Pierre Laramee when he met with her at her office.
PM’s press secretary Ihsanul Karim briefed reporters after the meeting.
He said that the Canadian high commissioner, in reply, said that he would convey the message to his government.
During the meeting, Laramee has said that his country wants to see an inclusive election in Bangladesh. ‘You need to have stability as
Bangladesh is heading towards becoming a middle-income country in the next two years,’ he said.
The prime minister said the Awami League government, coming to power in 1996, restored the rights of people which were absent after Bangabandhu’s assassination in 1975.
She mentioned that Awami League government introduced the transparent ballot box for election. Before the 10th general election, Hasina said, she proposed formation of an election time coalition government. ‘But the Bangladesh Nationalist Party did not respond to that proposal.’
She said her government is working hard for the welfare of the country’s people.
Appreciating Hasina’s role in different international forums, the Canadian envoy has said that Bangladesh is also advancing in various sectors. ‘Bangladesh has advanced a lot in education and health sectors... this is a very much commendable job indeed.’
‘Bangladesh is successful in its development activities,’ he said, adding that Canada would continue its assistance to Bangladesh in various development sectors.
Laramee has also said that Canada is one of the countries in the world that recognised Bangladesh after its independence. ‘We have our hearts for Bangladesh. The relation between the two countries is growing steadily.’
Principal secretary Kamal Abdul Naser was present during the meeting.
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