Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Thursday described the recent mayhem by Jamaat-Shibir activists that left scores of people dead and public and private properties damaged as a deliberate move against the country.
“I should say it was a deliberate anti-Bangladesh move. It was really animosity against Bangladesh, but not an act of treason,” he said when a delegation of the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI), led by its president Md Sabur Khan, met him at his secretariat office in the afternoon.
The finance minister also strongly advocated for giving punishment to the perpetrators of the attacks.
He also held responsible the media, especially the foreign ones, for making a worldwide propaganda that there has been an ‘extreme mayhem’ in the country. “But it was actually not that big as publicised.”
Referring to his Wednesday’s meeting with the Federation of the Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI), Muhith said the attacks were ill-motivated and restricted broadly in 15 districts, mainly in six districts.
Muhith had also told the FBCCI leaders that the recent countrywide violence unleashed by Jamaat-Shibir activists was not ‘anarchy’, but ‘an attempt to create anarchy’.
“It (violence) was not to that extent the media have published or broadcast over the last few days. Of the 15 districts that witnessed the trouble, six were the most troublesome, but the rest experienced to some extent of trouble …We’re making too much of a minor issue and thus harm ourselves. I think you’ve to exercise some kind of national restraint,” he added.