Govt won’t sit idle: PM warns BNP-Jamaat

Dhaka, Mar 7 ( Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday warned the BNP-Jamaat alliance saying that the government will not sit idle when they will kill police and Awami League activists, and launch attacks on law-enforcing agencies and mass people, including the minority communities.

“We don’t believe in confrontation, we don’t want confrontation, but saving the lives and property of mass people is our duty, they (BNP-Jamaat) will kill police, they’ll attack the people who are discharging their duties to maintain the law and order, they’ll kill our activists by cutting their throats, and we will see those by sitting aside, we aren’t that much weak,” she said.

The Prime Minister was addressing a discussion meeting at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre marking the historic March 7 speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Awami League organised the discussion meeting held with deputy leader of the House and AL presidium member Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury in the chair.

Agriculture Minister Matia Chowdhury, AL presidium member Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Mohammad Nasim, AL general secretary and LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam, AL joint secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni, state minister for LGRD and Cooperatives Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Dhaka city AL general secretary Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Ahmed Hossain, BM Mozammel Huq, Abu Syed Al Mahmud Swapan and Ilias Uddin Mollah also spoke at the meeting.

Sheikh Hasina, also the president of the ruling party Awami League, asked the opposition leader to shun her evil-politics that caused problems for the mass people. “I ask the BNP leader to stop her destructive activities.”

She also asked the Shibir leaders and activists to go through the history of the Liberation War and after that they could take their decisions. “Just go through the internet, see what these war criminals did in 1971, what kind of oppression they did.”

The premier said the Shibir men are putting their lives at stake just for saving the war criminals who committed crimes against humanity in 1971. “They’ll be ashamed of themselves when they’ll come to know what crimes these war criminals committed. I’ll ask them not to try to save the war criminals,” Hasina said.

She also categorically announced that the trial of the war criminals will continue and there is no scope to stop that process. “Why are you laying down your lives, for whom you’re doing this, criminals are criminals, the trial will go on,” the premier asserted.

Hasina said time has come after 42 years to get untied to face the new razakars (collaborators). “BNP is the new collaborators.”

Splitting the alphabets of BNP, Hasina said, “B stands for Bangaldesher, while N for Naya and P for Pakistani Dalal.”

Hasina mentioned that she asked Awami League supporters to form ‘Terrorism Prevention Committees’ to save people from this neo collaborator and its alliance Jamaat.

The Prime Minister said she asked the cabinet secretary to form the committee in each district with the DC and SP where people, irrespective of their party affiliation, religion, class and profession, will be the members of that committee to resist the anti-state activities by Jamaat-Shibir patronised by BNP.

Hasina alleged that Jamaat-Shibir along with BNP are now setting fire to houses, temples of the minority communities as the Pakistani occupation forces did in 1971.

Holding responsible the opposition leader for killing people, including policemen during the recent countrywide mayhem unleashed by Jamaat-Shibir, Hasina said how could Khaleda do these when she claimed herself the wife of a freedom fighter?

Referring to the recent countrywide anarchy unleashed by Jamaat-Shibir that left scores of people killed, the Prime Minister alleged that the opposition leader would have to take the responsibility of the killings, including those of police personnel.

“Khaleda will have to shoulder the responsibility of all the destructive activities, killing of people and that of police. I categorically say her desire won’t be fulfilled whatever it is. She won’t be able to stop the trial of the war criminals,” she said.

About Khaleda’s sudden decision not to meet Pranab Mukhrjee during his recent visit, Hasina said it is now the question before the nation who had advised the opposition leader not to meet Pranab.

“Jamaat called the hartal and you observed it. All of a sudden you issued a statement to save the minority communities. I think it was just to make the Indian president happy since you annoyed him by cancelling your meeting with him,” she said.

The Prime Minister said the Jamaat along with the activists of BNP vandalised the houses and business centers of people in the recent violence. “If the people become angry, start to destroy their (BNP-Jamaat) houses and business entities where will they go? You also have houses and business centers,” she said.