Democracy is a Vehicle of Progress
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina has termed democ - racy, not only as a system, but also as a vehicle of progress and safety for human beings. She said this while inaugurating the 136th assembly of the Inter Parliamentary Union at the south plaza of the national Parliament Building on April 1. Hasina also said that we are proud of our demo - cratic traditions, and see it not only as a system but a means to guarantee prog - ress and security for the people.
“Protect Your Paternal Property”
While expressing his concern over the signing of the defense pact with India, BNP standing committee member Goyeshwar Chandra Roy has said that it would destroy the independence and sovereignty of Bangladesh. He took aim at the prime minister when he said that it was not too late to protect her “paternal property” by not signing the defense pact with India even if it costs her own life. Roy quipped that people do not think that the prime minister owns this country, but she thinks it is her paternal property. The BNP leader said this at the 26th founding anniversary of Jagpa held at Dhaka Reporters Unity on April 1.
The Prime Minister in the Soup
BNP’s senior joint secretary general, Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, has said that the prime minister is in a soup, trying to play too many games. He told jour - nalists during a press briefing at the central office of the party in Naya Paltan on March 28 that the prime minister is in trouble over buying two sub - marines from China because India is worried that Sheikh Hasina is under the growing influence of China. Rizvi added that India is anxious over this deviation of its tested friend, which is why it is insisting that Sheikh Hasina should sign the defense pact with it.
BASIC Bank’s Money as if Lost in a Casino
Iqbal Mahmud, chairman of the Anti-Corruption Commission, observed that the money that disappeared from BASIC Bank was as if it were lost in a casino, and his people are finding it very difficult to trace that money. He told journalists in his office on March 29 that 54 lawsuits have been filed in this connection and a charge sheet could not be issued in a single one of those cases. Mahmud said it could be viewed as a failure of the ACC. He added it is very difficult, really impossible, for ACC investigators to find out where all that money has gone.
Unemployment and Absence of Freedom of Speech
Jatiyo Party chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad has lamented that people do not have the right to live in this country. He also said they do not have freedom of movement, nor do they have the right to speak or write freely. He said unemployment and the absence of freedom of speech are creating terrorism and militancy. Ershad added that there is no sound democracy in the country and politicians are not respectful of each other, and people now want to see a change in this situation. The Jatiya Party chairman gave his remarks while addressing the 34th founding anniversary of Chhatra Samaj on March 27.
Complacency Over a Couple of Raids
BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia has urged everybody to unite to face terrorism and militancy at a national level. She emphasized that it is not possible to uproot militancy by carrying out a couple of raids. And she added that there is no scope for complacency by conducting a few raids to suppress militancy. Khaleda made these remarks on March 28 when she also said that absence of democracy, governance without accountability, lack of justice, and youth unemployment are the main reasons behind the rise of militancy in this Muslim majority country. She said these reasons have to be addressed and for that the people must be taken into confidence and their support is needed.
Military Pact with a Friendly Country
BNP standing committee member Dr. Abdul Moyeen Khan has questioned the need for a military pact with India. He also said that it is contradictory to sign a military pact with a friendly country. Dr. Khan was speaking at a roundtable discussion in Khulna on April 1 commenting that if Bangladesh is surrounded by a friendly country on three sides, then why is that country so keen to sign a military pact with Bangladesh. He said the government has to explain to 160 million people why this pact is being imposed on the country.
Keeping Khaleda Out of Politics
Information minister Hasanul Haq Inu has claimed that the BNP chairperson has once again proven her sympathy for militants by saying that the raids on militants must be investigated and that militancy is filling the gaps created by the absence of democracy. He called Khaleda an agent and representative of Pakistan, and that she is an accomplice and an associate of militancy. The minister argued that she must be completely taken out of politics as much as militancy should be utterly uprooted and destroyed. While speaking at a press conference in the PID conference room on March 30, Inu also said that siding with militants is not a political strategy of Khaleda Zia but an ideological commitment.
Militants Want to Go to Heaven By Killing Police
Mohammad Shafiqul Islam, DIG of Chittagong Police Range, said that militants want to go to heav - en by killing policemen. He said he had once asked a militant why he had turned to militancy and the reply was that the militant wanted to go to heaven by killing members of the police force. Islam said this while speaking as the special guest at a reception for freedom fighters organized by the district administra - tion on March 26
What are You Doing With the Judiciary?
Chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha told attorney general Mahbubey Alam that the country does not have a presidential system of government. He asked why the president was being referred to again and again under a parliamentary form of government. Sinha asked what were they doing with the judiciary. The chief justice said this on March 28 while commenting on the repeated prayer for time with regard to publishing the gazette for job discipline guidelines of lower court judges.