Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad on Wednesday opposed extrajudicial killings in the name of ‘gunfights’ across the country.
Addressing a pre-iftar discussion at the Institution of Diploma Engineers in Dhaka organised by the central committee of the party, the former dictator said that a number of people were being killed every day in ‘gunfights’ during the countrywide anti-drug special drive launched by the government.
‘The extrajudicial killings will not be accepted at home and abroad as everyone has a right to get justice,’ Ershad said at a time when at least 42 suspected drug peddlers were killed in ‘gunfights’ in nine days.
Referring to his speech in Jatiya Sangsad, he said that the great drug peddlers were with them in the parliament.
He said that the government should enact a law giving life sentence for drug peddlers. He proposed that the government should bring a bill in the next session of the parliament for enacting the law by which the extrajudicial killings could be avoided.
Turning to the traffic congestions problem in Dhaka city, Ershad said that the city could be saved by forming provincial governments.
JP secretary general ABM Ruhul Amin Hawlader said that the party was preparing for taking part in the next general election unilaterally.
‘We will finalise our decision at a two-day meeting of representatives scheduled to be held after Eid-ul-Fitr,’ he said.
The leader of the opposition and the party’s senior co-chairman, Raushan Ershad, co-chairman GM Quader, presidium members Anisul Islam Mahmud, Kazi Firoz Rashid, Ziauddin Ahmed Ahmed Bablu and Abu Hossain Babla, and vice-president Zahirul Islam Zahir, among others, attended the iftar party.
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