Conflict Amongst Muslims Benefits Arms Dealers
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina said that conflicts and clashes amongst the Muslims are benefitting the arms dealers, and she also emphasized the importance of stopping the ongoing fights amongst them. All problems must be resolved through discussions, Hasina told Dr. Abdullah Bin Muhammad Bin Ibrahim Ali, speaker of the Muslim Shura of Saudi Arabia, who called on her on May 11. She resented that hundreds of lives are being lost in the conflicts, and clashes amongst Muslims worldwide, and many of them are being forced to seek refuge in other countries.
Bureaucracy is the Biggest Problem
Anti-Corruption Commission chairman Iqbal Mahmud vented his grievance against the bureaucracy saying that he got a report from the water resources ministry in 10 months, although it was given a deadline of 10 days. Mahmud, who was once a top bureaucrat of the country, described bureaucracy as the biggest problem of the country. He said this at a seminar on anti-corruption held at the PIB seminar room on May 7. He told the audience that after he took office at ACC in March 2016, he noticed certain irregularities in the construction of the dam in Sunamganj and asked for a report from the water ministry. That report was sent to him 10 months later last February, when flood waters had already infiltrated the dam.
Prime Minister Usurped the Independence of Judiciary
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir complained that prime minister Sheikh Hasina herself has usurped the independence of the judiciary. He was speaking on the second death anniversary of BNP leader Nasiruddin Pintu on May 9 when he referred to the comments made by the prime minister with regard to the chief justice, S.K. Sinha. Mirza Fakhrul mentioned that Hasina on May 8 questioned how the chief justice could claim that there was no rule of law in the country and the judiciary did not have any freedom. Hasina then added that the chief justice would not know the answer because he himself has destroyed both. The BNP secretary general then told the audience, “There is no rule of law anywhere in the country, my friends!”
Those Who are Running the Country
Legal expert Shahdeen Malik argued at a discussion on May 13 that no country can develop itself until it has rule of law and the police force is subject to that rule of law. Malik said development cannot come without those pre-conditions no matter how many billions of taka are spent on ambitious projects. Taking a dig at the government, he said those who are running the country are running it in the wrong direction. He said the present rulers are going to hurt themselves eventually and destroy the society in the process, which is not desirable for anyone. He added that the prime minister opens some 30 projects in a district within half an hour’s time, but this road does not always lead to development. He further said that certain countries in the Middle East once had a per capita income of USD15,000, countries which have now turned into virtual hells.
What Did Not Happen in Two and a Half Years
Chief justice S.K. Sinha has expressed his annoyance after the state asked yet again for more time to publish the gazette on discipline rules for lower court judges. When the state asked for more time for the 16th time on May 8, Sinha asked attorney general Mahbubey Alam if New York or Tokyo was the largest city in the world. The chief justice then quipped that it appeared to him that the largest city was Dhaka where the distance from the Supreme Court to Bangabhaban and Ganabhaban must be several hundred thousand kilometers. He added, since that distance could not be crossed in two and a half years, it may not be possible to cross that same distance in two and a half thousand years. He also asked the attorney general why it should take two and a half years to move the file.
Putting Together a Rainbow Nation
BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia is keen to form a political culture with people of all stripes so that it will put together a ‘rainbow’ nation. At a press conference held on May 10, she presented a vision of the kind of nation the BNP would like to form after it comes to power. This projection of 256 articles has been named “Vision 2030”. Khaleda said that just as the rainbow appears with its seven colors in the autumn sky, the BNP would like to form a rainbow nation with people from across the social spectrum.
Khaleda’s Indulgence to Pakistani Propaganda
According to civil aviation and tourism minister, Rashed Khan Menon, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia not only showed disrespect to the martyrs by questioning their number, she has also given indulgence to the false propaganda of Pakistan and its agents defeated in 1971. The minister said that even after coming to power in 2001, the BNP-Jamaat alliance actively tried to erase the spirit of the Liberation War. It was because of the ever-vigilant people of this country that they failed to implement their evil scheme, he added. Menon said this while speaking at National Press Club on May 13.
Khaleda Wishes to be President So That Her Son Can be Prime Minister
Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader believes that should BNP return to power, Khaleda will become the president of the country so that her son can be the prime minister. Quader said this in his reaction to Vision 2030 presented by BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia at a press conference on May 10. Khaleda said at that press conference that if BNP comes to power again it would like to create a balance of power by amending some of the excessive power given to the prime minister. Quader thinks it gives a clear hint for something else and asked how Khaleda could possibly respect the president of the country when the president appointed from her own party was removed from his office without any specific reason.
Party of Complaints vs Party of Solicitations
BNP’s central committee vice president Mir Nasir Uddin told the grassroots level party workers in Cox’s Bazar on May 13 that a country cannot move ahead without democracy. He accused the Awami League government of resorting to killing, abduction, and falsehood to indulge in anarchy. Mir Nasir insisted that the government will not be allowed to hold a January-5-styled election again. He also said that there will be no election in the country that excludes the largest popular party of the country, BNP. The BNP leader further stated that Awami League calls BNP a party of complaints, but Awami League has turned into a party of solicitations because it is soliciting support from Delhi and that’s why it has remained in power so long.
Sexual Violence is Linked to Power
Anu Muhammad, the member-secretary of the National Committee for Protection of Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports, has observed that the incidents of persecution arise from the desperation, recklessness and lack of respect for others instigated by power. He was speaking at a demonstration against sexual violence held by the students of Jahangir Nagar University on May 14. Anu Muhammad said that when a society is built on persecution, one of its major outcomes is sexual repression. He also added that those who are connected to power commit the acts of persecution by abusing power and showing their disregard for law.