BNP to continue non-violent programme: Fakhrul

Staff Correspondent | Published at 12:50am on February 10, 2018

Bangladesh Nationalist Party alongside legal battle would continue peaceful, non-violent programme demanding release of their party chairperson Khaleda Zia who was jailed for five years in a graft case on Thursday, said its secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday.
Echoing Fakhrul, the party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said the next programme would be announced after conclusion of the previously announced protest programme today.
Rizvi said they would continue peaceful protest programmes but the nature of the programmes wuld depend on the next course of the government.
The two important leaders made the remarks on different occasion in Dhaka on Friday.
Talking to reporters in the evening at Khaleda’s Gulshan office, Fakhrul said that they hoped that the work for legal process would start Sunday.
He said that the party lawyers stated that they could start a process within Sunday or Monday.
Asked whether it was possible to file appeal petition as certified copy of the verdict against Khaleda was not yet received, Fakhrul said, ‘Our lawyers have said it is possible.’
About movement, the secretary general said the party chief herself said that movement for her release, for democracy and for upcoming election would be ‘non-violent’, ‘peaceful’ and ‘democratic’.
In reply to a question, he said they came to know from newspapers that Khaleda Zia was kept in ‘a room used by the jail super at the abandoned old central jail.’
A special judge’s court in Dhaka on Thursday handed Khaleda five years’ jail in Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case and soon after delivering the judgment she was led away to Old Dhaka Central Jail on Nazimuddin Road.
Earlier in the afternoon, Fakhrul briefed representatives of foreign media including BBC, VOA, Al Jazeera, AP, AFP and Xinhua stationed in Dhaka about the country’s overall situation at Khaleda’s Gulshan office.