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Conspiracy days gone

Ashraf says all culprits to be identified, punished

The government yesterday talked tough against the conspirators in the Bangladesh army. It said they would be traced and punished sternly for plotting a coup.

“Those who want to destroy the democratic system will be identified and brought to justice, whoever they are. Stern action will be taken against them. None will be spared,” LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Syed Ashraful Islam told a press conference at Gono Bhaban at 6:30pm.

Around three hours earlier, the Bangladesh army at a press briefing disclosed that it had foiled a conspiracy to stage a coup to topple the government.

Ashraful, also general secretary of the ruling Awami League, urged all political parties, members of the civil society and the media to help continue and sustain the democratic system. He said an affected, wounded democracy will affect everybody.

“We might have differences of opinion, but there is no difference of opinion in the case of democracy. So it is the duty of all to protect the democratic system,” said the minister adding, “It is not the government alone; all are responsible for protecting democracy as there is no future for Bangladesh without it.”

Huge sacrifices have been made to attain democracy in Bangladesh and the democratic right of franchise has been ensured. In a democratic country, there is no room for plotting a coup, he maintained.

Although such coups took place in the past, the days are now gone for hatching a conspiracy because people believe in the constitution and democracy, insisted the government spokesperson.

He asked the conspirators to surrender so that they can come within a legal framework.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said hundreds of people had to die in the politics of coups and murder.

“I don't want to hear mothers crying [over losing their children]. I want democracy and peace,” she said at a view exchange meeting with her party's Khagrachhari district unit leaders at Gono Bhaban around 12:30pm.

She said after the assassination of the father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975, elements in the army had staged around 18 to 19 coups, for which thousands of people had to die.

“Who are the beneficiary of the politics of killings and coups?” questioned the prime minister.

It is mainly the armed forces officers and soldiers who were killed in those coups, mentioned Hasina.

“Those who captured power by keeping weapons on their shoulders were mostly affected. When a coup took place in 1977, Ziaur Rahman [former president and founder of BNP] killed 17 officers of the air force. They faced court-martial and were taken to the firing squad on the same day,” maintained the AL chief.

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Indubitably, we need a punctuated equilibrium from an insufferable autocracy in Bangladesh, but never a military withdrawal from a fledgeling democracy.

: Faridul Alam, PhD

Really? How about all the sinister deals your party is making with India regarding transit and rivers? How do we differentiate between Pro-Pakistani vs Pro-Indian?



  • Anonymous
    Friday, January 20, 2012 12:22 AM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    The general secretary of AL said that he does not to hear any mother crying for their children. Unfortunately, mothers are crying everyday day for the children who are dying through torture, killing and disappearances. It is already in the market.

  • Mohsin
    Friday, January 20, 2012 05:10 AM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    We want the continuation of democratic process. At the same time, we want to be in peace. We are facing anarchy almost every sphere of our life because politicians are violate the democratic process for their own benefit.

  • Anon
    Friday, January 20, 2012 06:24 AM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    The lists of army officers killed by Ziaur Rahman should be published and whole story should be known by the nation.

    Role of army and job descriptions in defense forces should be redefined.

  • Fida Likhon
    Friday, January 20, 2012 09:40 AM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    If you investigate, you will surely find the links of these destructive extremists with the Pakistan Army. So, pause all sorts of diplomatic relationship with Pakistan for as many years as necessary to keep Bangladesh Army away from Pakistan Army communication.

  • Shah
    Friday, January 20, 2012 02:33 PM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    You are talking about democracy but the main political parties are the least democratic in Bangladesh. Practice democracy yourself and then lecture about democracy if you have knowledge about that.

    Friday, January 20, 2012 03:23 PM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    A good number of fanatics were infiltrated by BNP-Jamaat govt into Bangladesh Army. It is not surprising that these elements with direct link and blessings by their those political masters will plot the last evil design to save the war criminals and bring their party to power from back door coup.

  • Tirtho Mahmud
    Friday, January 20, 2012 12:55 PM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    In one sense, today's politicians deserve some blames for this kind of effort from fanatics. Fanatics always flourish in power vacuum, poverty, nepotism and mismanagement which have always been the culture of Bangladesh. So, it's the current politicians and their inept practice motivated and opened the windows for fringe organisations to unite and think about shaking the system. Bring socioeconomic stability and promote justice, then you will have less to fear.

    Friday, January 20, 2012 03:14 PM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    Although we don't want to become the stooge of India, it is about 20,000 Indian army who gave their life to fight and liberate our country from Pakistan. Those who read BNP version of our liberation war should look for the fact and not the fiction.

  • Haroon Rasheed
    Friday, January 20, 2012 12:46 PM GMT+06:00 (212 weeks ago)

    Bangladesh is a poor or developing country. Its not at war. Armed forces should assist civilian administration with their expertize like maintenance, improvement and extension of infra-structures, road, rail, bridge, water, energy, ports, jetties, riverine transportation including dredging, air communication, high technologies, research on environment, ecology etc. Army personnel would be barred from participating in active politics for five years after retirement by legislation.





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