February 25, 2017 - 5:00pm
The Awami League government will bring the perpetrators of the firebombing attacks to justice, he says.
Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has labelled BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami as terrorist organisations.
“Once you target civilians you lose the right to be called a political organisation,” Joy said in a Facebook post on Friday.
His comments came following a Canadian court’s verdict that called BNP a “terrorist organisation.”
In January, the Canadian Federal Court turned down an appeal by Md Jewel Gazi, a Swechchhasebak Dal activist from Mirpur, against the decision of an immigration officer last year to not grant him permanent residency on the grounds that BNP was involved in acts of terrorism.
The court said it found that the immigration officer had reasonable grounds to believe that the BNP, through general strikes and hartals, was engaged in terrorism as defined by the Criminal Code of the country.
Joy, the son of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said during the BNP’s firebombing attacks from 2013 to 2015 he visited the burn unit at a hospital and met the victims personally.
“The horror I saw was unimaginable. This was not politics, this was terrorism,” he said.
He said the Awami League government would bring the perpetrators of the firebombing attacks to justice.
Joy added: “We have seen our share of political violence in the past. But it has always been protesters clashing with police or government party activists. Only two parties have ever targeted civilians in Bangladesh’s history.”
He said the first was Jamaat-e-Islami, with its al-Badr, al-Shams and other militias that tortured and murdered civilians during our War of Liberation.
“The second was BNP during this past election, firebombing buses, trains and cars. It is no wonder that the BNP is in an alliance with Jamaat,” he continued.
“Just the way we have brought war criminals to justice after 40 years. The BNP activists and leaders who carried out the attacks, the financiers and the masterminds will be punished no matter how long it takes,” he said.