Published: Friday, April 5, 2013

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“All I had to do was persuade General Ershad. Now under a democratic set-up I have to convince 10-12 people.”
AMA MUHITH
finance minister
about his workload during his tenure as finance minister under H M Ershad in 1982-83.

“Foreigners do not have any magic wand to solve Bangladesh’s current political crisis.”
DAN W MOZENA
US ambassador
about Bangladesh’s current political crisis.

“Opposition leader Khaleda Zia went to the tornado-affected area in Brahmanbaria for a fashion parade.”
ABUL HASAN MAHMOOD ALI
minister, Disaster and Relief
about Khaleda Zia’s visit to tornado- affected area in Brahmanbaria.

“If you do not like the Bangladesh government, the democratic system, then please go to Pakistan for Hijrat. As home minister I will make all arrangements.
MUHIUDDIN KHAN ALAMGIR    
home minister
about opposition leader Begum Khaleda Zia

“Will the government fall if I leave the coalition?”
GEN (RETD) H M ERSHAD
chairperson, Jatiya Party
in reply to whether Jatiya Party will leave the 14-party coalition.

“Please make the arrangements. Issue a notice from Pabna Mental that ‘please (Khaleda Zia) come, the people of Pabna will give your proper medical treatment’.”
SHAMSUL HAQUE TUKU
state minister for home
indicating that opposition leader Khaleda Zia needs psychological treatment.

“How can they [the attackers] claim to be Muslims after hurting people so brutally? Is this their religion?”
JHARNA BEGUM
a ordinary Bangladeshi who came to the aid of a police officer
about the Jamaat-Shibir activists who attacked Jahangir Alam, in-charge of Rajshahi Upashahar police camp.

“We will not engage in any conflict. But the dedicated 313 will be ready to face even death to uphold Islam.”
MUFTI FAYEZULLAH
joint secretary general of Hefajat-e Islam
about their militant squad.