February 7, 2017 - 3:15pm
The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Monday alleged that the government was not sincere to eliminate extremism but wanted to capitalise the issue for political gain.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir made the remarks at a function of unfolding cover of a book ‘Fighting Militancy in Quest of Peace’ published by Human Rights Cell of BNP at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity.
He said that BNP had repeatedly demanded fair investigation to find out the perpetrators of extremism if the government was sincere.
He said that no suspected extremists who were arrested kept alive – either they were shot dead or killed in the name of crossfire.
Fakhrul said that during the rule of Awami League extremism increased, new extremist organisations were created and bloggers and publishers were killed as AL nursed extremists.
He reiterated urge for forging national unity to face extremism.
Fakhrul criticised the ruling party for blaming BNP for extremism saying an important minister blamed that BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia sponsored and pampered extremism.
He said BNP leaders and activists must remain alert to face such situation with consciousness.
Presided over by Jatitabadi Samajik Sangskritik Sanghstha president Mamun Ahmed, the function was also addressed by BNP leaders Khondker Mahbub Hossain, Selima Rahman, Shaukat Mahmood and Rumeen Farhana.