Vol. 5 Num 437 Thu. August 18, 2005  
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BNP asks not to politicise blasts
Jamaat blames it on AL

The LGRD minister and BNP secretary general yesterday asked all not to politicise yesterday's blasts as he said the incidents will be probed and the bombers identified in four days.

"Those who bomb people to death are not political activists, nor they are good citizens," Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan said at Muktangan in the city. He was addressing a rally organised by the city unit BNP to protest the blasts as the chief guest.

"I want to announce that actions against the attackers will be taken administratively and politically, together with the public," he said.

BNP is not a weak or a small party that anyone can frighten it with mere bomb attacks, he added.

He said there will be no compromise on terrorism, and the BNP-Jamaat-led alliance will foil every bid to create anarchy in the country.

"We must be cautious of the forces, who want to come to power by any means and who don't believe in the politics of development and democracy," the minister said.

Addressing the rally, BNP Standing Committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain termed the blasts a planned action. He said, "Those who try to tarnish the country's image have committed the heinous crime.

"They want to prove Bangladesh a plant of bombs," he said, hinting at the main opposition Awami League (AL). "They want to create political issues as they don't have a genuine issue against the government."

Mosharraf, also the health minister, said with two-thirds of majority in parliament, they will do everything to resist the heinous efforts of creating anarchy.

Law Minister Barrister Moudud Ahmed termed the bomb attacks a 'conspiracy' to foil the development process of the government. "This is nothing but an immature political game," he added.

"We will resist any forces whoever they are -- pro-Pakistani, pro-Indian, rightists or leftists," said BNP city unit President Sadeque Hossain Khoka.

Khoka, also the mayor of Dhaka, asked the home ministry to immediately probe the bomb attacks.

BNP joint secretaries Abdullah Al Noman and Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Advisor to Commerce Ministry Barkatullah Bulu, State Minister for Labour and Employment Amanullah Aman, State Minister for Cultural Affairs Begum Selima Rahman, State Minister for Public Works Mirza Abbas, among others, addressed the rally.

Jamaat-e-Islami Rally

Leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami, a coalition partner of the ruling BNP, has blamed yesterday's blasts across the country on the AL.

Jamaat leaders at a rally said the AL conducted the unprecedented blasts as part of a blue print to make the country politically unstable.

City unit Jamaat organised the rally at the northern gate of national Baitul Mokarram mosque at Paltan.

Jamaat Secretary General and Social Welfare Minister Ali Ahsan M Mujahid addressed the rally as the chief guest.

He said the opposition has blasted the bombs when the country is moving forward with achievements in poverty alleviation and economic growth.

Speaking as the special guest, M Quamruzzman, senior assistant secretary general of Jamaat, pointed an accusing finger at the oppositions.

He said those who failed to gain public support for their 14-point reform proposals have planned the bomb blasts to destroy the country's democracy.

Presided over by Monirul Islam Patwari, president of Jamaat city unit, the rally was addressed by Jamaat leaders ATM Azharul Haq, Adul Kader Mollah and Prof Mujbur Rahman.

The leaders and activists of Jamaat also took out a protest procession after the rally.