Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Thursday announced countrywide agitations for Saturday protesting at issuance of two more arrest warrants for the party chairperson Khaleda Zia in a ‘false’ defamation case and cancelling her bail in a graft case.
Earlier on the day, a Dhaka court issued arrest warrant for Khaleda for not appearing before it in a case of dishonouring the country’s map, its national flag and the Liberation War while a special judge court in Dhaka issued another arrest warrant for her cancelling her bail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
On Monday, a Comilla court issued a warrant of arrest for Khaleda in an arson attack case. BNP had staged countrywide demonstrations on Wednesday protesting it.
BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a news briefing in the party’s central office announced the protests.
Jatiyatabadi Jubadal and Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal also announced countrywide demonstrations for Saturday while Swechachhasebok Dal announced countrywide demonstrations for Saturday and Sunday.
At the briefing, Rizvi alleged that the arrest warrants had been issued on the directives of the government. ‘The head of the government has now invested all strengths to suppress its political opponents, including BNP,’ he said.
The BNP leader said that Khaleda, who is now in London, had appeared regularly before the courts when she was in the country.
Referring that Khaleda underwent an operation in her right eye and was undergoing regular medical check-ups in London, Rizvi informed that her lawyers had told the courts about her treatments abroad and submitted her medical certificates.
‘Issuing arrest warrants one after another in false cases against Khaleda when her return is imminent is a part of the government’s evil plan,’ he said.
Rizvi said that the entire judiciary was now scared after witnessing the ‘harassment’ of the chief justice. ‘They cannot discharge their duties independently.’
Turning to fake facebook accounts in the name of the party’s secretary general, he said that some dishonest people had been posting comments opening fake accounts in the name of Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
He reminded that Fakhrul had protested at opening fake facebook accounts in his name and stated few months earlier that he did not operate any facebook account.
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