"I respect Ziaur Rahman because of his role during the Liberation War as he made an announcement on behalf of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 27, 1971 that inspired the whole nation."
state minister for Law a day after saying: “Zia was spying for Pakistan during the war of independence of Bangladesh in 1971.”
"Such comments could only ignite unwanted debates in the political arena. We would get nothing good from this."
SHAWKAT MOMEN SHAHJAHAN
the standing committee on Agriculture Ministry about Qamrul's spy comment.
"It is just merely their slogan."
MIRZA FAKHRUL ISLAM ALAMGIR
senior joint secretary general
Bangladesh Nationalist Party
about the government's plan to hold war crimes trial.
"The developer committed a criminal negligence resulting in the loss of lives by not ensuring effective fire-fighting systems and by paying no heed to the residents' pleas."
barrister and lawyer
about the fire that killed seven in Japan Garden City in Dhaka.
"I believe that the only solution is to take punitive and corrective measures to bring Chhatra League back on track."
presidium member of the Awami League.
Cartoon by Tanmoy
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