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Unite all parties to fight out extremism: Moudud

Monday 07 December, 2015 12:00:00 am

Unite all parties to fight out extremism: Moudud

Dhaka, Dec 7 (UNB) – BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Monday urged the government to take steps to unite all the democratic political parties to eliminate extremism and militancy.

 

“We don’t want to see the emergence of terrorists, Taleban and IS here. The path you (govt) have chosen to resist it is wrong. You’re trying to face it with applying force and shifting blame onto others. But, it won’t bring any good result,” he said.

 

Speaking at a discussion, the BNP leader further said, “We want to say the government should take an all-party initiative by uniting all democratic political parties to resist militancy together.”

 

Ataur Rahman Khan Foundation arranged the programme at the Jatiya Press Club marking former Prime Minister Ataur Rahman Khan’s 24th death anniversary.

 

Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said the emergence of militancy is inevitable in a country which lacks democracy. “The people of this country love democracy and they want to get back democratic and basic rights. Militancy will be eradicated if democracy is restored. Extremists can’t raise their heads if a representative and democratic government stays in power.”

 

He also said the government will not be able to contain militants without people’s cooperation with only law enforcers.

 

About the municipal polls, Moudud said this election is an acid test for the government and the Election Commission. “BNP candidates will get an overwhelming victory if the election is held in a free and fair manner.”

 

He also warned the government that it will have to pay a heavy price if it again tries to manipulate December-30 polls as it did during the April 28 election to three city corporations.