EU concern no pressure for AL: Quader

Staff Correspondent | Published: 01:23, Jun 12,2019


Ruling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said that his party did not feel any pressure due to EU Special Representative for Human Rights Eamon Gilmore’s concern over the health of BNP’s jailed chairperson Khaleda Zia.
Quader, also road, transport and bridges minister, made the remark at a press briefing after a joint meeting of the AL secretaries and leaders of the affiliated organisations at the party central office in the capital.
The meeting was held over the party’s preparations and plans to mark its 70th founding anniversary.
He said that the BNP was doing politics over Khaleda Zia’s treatment while physicians had never said that her condition was serious.
He said that the party (BNP) was doing such politics as it had not been able to wage any significant street movement or could not play any significant role in the parliament.
On Monday, Eamon Gilmore expressed concern over the health of opposition BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, now under treatment at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University hospital.
‘I honour the High Court verdict against Khaleda Zia, but I am concerned about her health,’ Gilmore said during a meeting with minister of law, justice and parliamentary affairs Anisul Huq at the minister’s residence at Gulshan.
The meeting was organised to discuss issues related to the displaced Rohingyas, extrajudicial killings in the country and the imprisonment of Khaleda Zia.
The AL general secretary said that the national and party flags will be hoisted atop party offices across the country and at the Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi 32 in Dhaka to mark the party’s 70th founding anniversary.
Besides, AL leaders and activists will pay tribute to Bangabandhu by placing wreaths at his portrait at Dhanmondi.
An AL delegation will also place a wreath at the grave of the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Tungipara in Gopalganj.
The Awami League will arrange a meeting at the Bangabnadhu International Conference Centre where prime minister Sheikh Hasina, also the party president, will attend.
On June 25, the party will arrange cultural programmes at its central office at Gulistan, Hatirjheel, and Rabindra Sarobar.

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