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"The party will never be minus her."
CHOWDHURY TANBIR AHMED SIDDIQUI
standing committee member of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) proposing that Khaleda should lead the party till her death.

"Whoever the chairperson is, Khaleda Zia will be in the leadership."
NAZRUL ISLAM KHAN
joint secretary of the BNP.

“As a person with some knowledge of history and faith in democratic norms and values I do not think the party leadership is a permanent post.”
KHALEDA ZIA
former prime minister and leader of BNP
in a statement signed by Maruf Kamal Khan, former deputy secretary to Khaleda when she was prime minister.

"I talked to the party chief over the phone on Friday night. She wanted to know about my health and the treatment. She expressed her concern about my health, and advised me to take rest. I will be active in politics again after taking the necessary rest the party chief wants me to take."
ABDUL JALIL
general secretary
Awami League.

"We know we have a lot of responsibilities in the wake of any unrest in the industrial sector. But, sometimes we feel helpless as we have no control over the workers."
AMIRUL HAQUE AMIN
secretary general of the National Garment Workers Federation.

"We need at this time to make it clear to foreign countries that Pakistan will not tolerate such actions."
AHSAN IQBAL
a lawmaker in Pakistan Muslim League-N party
about the US's decision to pursue Islamic militant targets inside Pakistan.
He has also said, "If it continues, then Pakistan can consider pulling out completely from this war on terror."

"Tarique's release is not an isolated incident. There is a relation between the way high profile graft suspects had been arrested randomly and the way they were later released altogether all of a sudden."
MUJAHIDUL ISLAM SELIM
general secretary
Communist Party of Bangladesh.

"We should not let our top political leaders go unchallenged anymore. If they want to continue in politics as representatives of the people, they must sit for meetings for the betterment of the country."
FARAH KABIR
country director
Action Aid Bangladesh.
"The spirit of Truth and Accountability Commission (Tac), gives an impression to a corruption suspect that no matter what the person did, he or she will be freed at the end of the day," she has noted.

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