Dhaka, Oct 10 (UNB) – BNP on Thursday alleged that the government signed ‘anti-state’ bilateral documents with India as part of its ‘abortive’ efforts to stay in power by appeasing the ‘powerful’ neighbour.
Speaking at a press conference, BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain urged the government to revoke the ‘anti-state’ deals with India as the country’s people and students have got aggrieved over it.
BNP standing committee arranged the press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office.
Reading out a written statement, Mosharraf said, “The outcome of the Prime Minister’s recent India tour has manifested how appalling and destructive the consequences can for the country and its people when the state power is grabbed by a force which is not accountable to people and elected by their votes.”
He further said, “The government neither informed people about the deals nor took proper preparation before the Prime Minister’s India tour. This (the signing of deals) is mere a futile and temporary effort to hang onto power by appeasing the powerful neighbour through sacrificing the interests of the country and its people.”
The BNP leader said their party also wants good relations with India based on equity. “Bilateral ties should be based on ‘give-and-take’ policy. But what the government is doing is only giving (India). People didn’t give the government any right to sign unequal deals that would harm the interests of the country.”
He demanded the government make public the bilateral documents signed during the Prime Minister’s recent India tour with elaborate information. “We also want the government to cancel all the deals that are against the country’s interests.”
The BNP leader accused the government of killing Buet student Abrar Fahad through its ‘cadres’ for protesting the deals on his Facebook account.
Describing Abrar as the ‘voice of Bangladesh’, Mosharraf said he is a martyr for the cause of the country’s interests, its independence and sovereignty. “His cruel death can’t go in vain and won’t be allowed to turn futile.”
Referring to Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque’s comment that Tripura’s Sabroom town will turn into a Karbala if Feni River’s water is not given, he said the Foreign Secretary should first protect the country’s interests. “The screams of lakhs of Bangladeshis faced by drought because of the Farakka Barrage didn’t touch his heart.”
The BNP leader said agricultural activities will be affected in the country during dry season while the Muhuri project will turn ineffective if India withdraws water from the Feni River. “He (Shahidul) and his government are much active to prevent Sabroom from becoming Karbala while the destruction of their own country and screams of its people are much valueless to them.”
Mosharraf said some companies and India will be benefited, not Bangladesh, by allowing export of LPG to Tripura. ”What did we get, except Tagore Peace Award, by allowing India this facility?”
He said the Prime Minister gave ‘false’ information during her Wednesday’s press conference about the Ganges Treaty as she said Ziaur Rahman could not sign it. “The fact is that the Ganges Treaty was signed during Ziaur Rahman’s rule in 1977. Rather, the current Prime Minister-led government signed a deal in 1996 dropping the guarantee clause of the previous treaty, harming the country’s interests.”
Mosharraf also termed untrue the Prime Minister’s comment that Khaleda Zia had forgotten to talk about the Teesta water-sharing issue during her first India tour as the Prime Minister. “In the joint declaration issued during that visit, it was mentioned that the both sides agreed on the sharing of water in the highest interest of the people of the two countries in a long-term integrated process based on equality. If there was no discussion, how was this statement included in the joint declaration? "
BNP standing committee members Mirza Abbas, Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and Selima Rahman were present at the programme.
Dhaka, Oct 9 (UNB) – The acting president of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) on Wednesday warned that it will give a “fitting reply” if anyone tries to destabilise the country over Buet student Abrar Fahad’s murder.
“Police and administration are doing their work. Chhatra League has already expelled those found involved in the incident,” Al Nahean Khan Joy told a press conference at Dhaka University.
BCL acting General Secretary Lekhak Bhattacharjee was also present at the briefing.
Abrar, a second-year electrical and electronic engineering student, was beaten to death by Chhatra League activists at his residential hall on early Monday.
Joy claimed that a certain quarter is trying to disgrace Bangladesh in the international arena by manipulating the incident.
He said BCL has taken punitive action against offenders after investigation. “Action will be taken against anyone found guilty,” he said.
Dhaka, Oct 8 (UNB) - Expressing grave concern over the current socio-political situation, Chairman of a faction of Jatiya Party (Kazi Zafar) Mostafa Jamal Haider has demanded fresh national election under a caretaker government by dissolving the current parliament.
“Only a government to be elected by people through a fresh election can resolve the crisis,” he said while addressing a discussion organised by Bhasani Onusari Parisad marking the 5th death anniversary of Language Movement hero Abdul Matin in the city.
The function, with Advocate Sultan Alam Mallik in the chair, was also addressed by Noim Jahangir, Aktar Hossain, Aminul Islam Selim and Kazi Mohammad Nazrul.
Speakers protested the killing of Abrar Fahad, a student of Bangladesh University of Science and Technology (Buet) who was beaten to death allegedly by leaders and activists of Bangladesh Chhatra League, and demanded punishment of the killers.
Dhaka, Oct 8 (UNB) - Describing Abrar Fahad as the first martyr in the struggle for protecting the country’s sovereignty, water and soil, BNP Tuesday demanded that the Feni River be renamed the ‘Abrar River’.
Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also claimed that the names of the key accused were left out in the case filed in connection with Abrar murder.
“The current regime’s policy is to hand over the country’s soil and water resources to others, but those who’ll protest against it will be killed through torture. Abrar Fahad is the first martyr in the war on protecting independence, sovereignty, water and soil of our country,” he said.
The BNP leader strongly condemned the murder of Abrar and demanded the government track down the real offenders and mete out exemplary punishment to them.
Abrar, 21, a resident of Sher-e-Bangla Hall of Buet, was pronounced dead around 3am on Monday by Buet medical officer Dr Md Mashuk Elahi after he was mercilessly beaten allegedly by some Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists of the university unit.
Later, his father filed a case against 19 BCL men with Chawkbazar Police Station in the capital.
Rizvi alleged that the key accused are not there in the case mysteriously as he said the Buet administration is trying to save them.
He questioned who turned room No-2011 of Sher-e-Bangla Hall into a torture cell. “Why is the Buet administration desperately trying to save him? The shameless administration issued a statement terming the killing an unexpected death.”
The BNP leader alleged that all the educational institutions of the country have been held hostage in the hands of Chhatra League ‘cadres’. The academic atmosphere in the educational institutions and the security of students’ life won’t be restored if monstrous Chhatra League is not banned.”
He said the killing of Abrar by the “Chhatra League cadres” for his post on the Facebook against ‘anti-state’ bilateral documents with India has exposed that the innocent, patriot and common students are no longer safe in educational institutions.
Rizvi said their party will announce programmes against the recent bilateral documents with India in phases. “We as well as our different associate bodies are protesting against it. We took out a procession yesterday (Monday) and such protest will continue.”
Dhaka, Oct 7 (UNB) - Terming Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s India tour a failed one, Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna on Monday demanded the government make public the bilateral documents signed with the neighbouring country.
“Bangladesh’s interests haven’t been protected in the bilateral documents signed with India. We demand the government make public the details of the deals and then, we think, more frightening information will come out," he said.
Manna came up with the remarks while speaking at a press conference arranged by his party on the country’s current situation at the Jatiya Press Club.
He said the government has committed a “grievous offence” through singing the documents with India by ‘sacrificing’ Bangladesh’s interests and it cannot be hushed up through the drive against casinos and the arrest of Jubo League leader Ismail Chowdhury Samrat. “The government’s weapon to hide one incident by another has got blunt for its repeated use.”
Manna, also a Jatiya Oikyafront leader, said no such deal has ever been signed by sacrificing such massive national interest like this time.
He said a strong protest should be staged organising people against the signed bilateral documents with India.
On Saturday, Bangladesh and India signed seven bilateral documents after a bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in New Delhi.
Manna said the government has long been failing to secure the country’s interests through bilateral talks and agreements with any country, especially since 2014. “In each case, the interests of the country have been sacrificed.”
“A bilateral discussion should be beneficial for both parties…but if we assess the deals that have been signed this time, we’ll find that Bangladesh's minimum interest is not protected,” he observed.
Referring to the Foreign Secretary’s comment that Bangladesh allowed India to withdraw water from the Feni River on humanitarian ground, the Nagorik Oikya leader said, the neighbouring country has been continuing the inhuman act like killing of Bangladeshis along the border for a long time. “But Bangladesh couldn’t convince India to take a human decision about stopping border killing. Even, no diplomatic assurance was made to this end.”
He said the government always claims that its relationship with India is at the peak, and it is good to maintain warm ties with the close neighbour. “But it’s dangerous for the country if the relationship is only meant for giving everything to the neighbour without receiving anything. “The deals and MoUs the ruling party has so far signed with India are unilateral ones.”
About the recent drive against casinos and corruption, Manna said the government is arresting some ‘small fry’ instead of key corrupt elements.
Even, the government took incredibly much time to arrest a small fry and Jubo League Dhaka south unit president, Samrat, as the law enforces waited for the green signal from the highest level. “It has exposed the country’s law and judicial system have got how much bankrupt and the law enforcers have become how much subservient to the ruling party.”
He alleged that the government has turned Bangladesh into a den of corruption for over a decade. “But what is now happening in the name of anti-corruption drive is nothing but mere eyewash. It’s also an attempt to fool people.”