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Friday, December 28, 2012
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Opposition leader's Wednesday speeches

She has put across party stances on vital issues

At the outset, it is necessary to express a sense of relief at the passage of the elaborate programme of wayside rallies. That the massive mass contact did not cause any major traffic dislocation or an untoward incident means that it was on the whole well-managed. Kudos to the organizers. Even though it created inconvenience, even hardship to people, the programme, not being a hartal, went down well with the people. It has proved to be a good alternative to hartal and should be used as such.

The opposition leader has been most exhaustive with her comments on issues and persons as if releasing pent-up grievances against the government.

We are used to political rhetoric from our leaders but the opposition leader's comments on war crimes trial leave a clear impression of her siding with those accused in the trial. This is unfortunate on two counts: first, coming to terms with a deep scar in our national consciousness is being trifled with; and second, her obligations to the nation as an opposition leader in bringing justice to victims of crimes against humanity remain sadly unfulfilled.

Then her mixing up the war crimes trial with her vow to try Siraj Sikder's "killers" and make, in her own words, "war criminals" in Awami League face a trial characterises her negative attitude to trying the present set of accused of crimes against humanity. All this is a deliberate derogation of liberation war ethos which is not expected from a leader of her stature. Doubly unfortunate because there are freedom fighters within BNP and what is of great importance is her husband's call to arms at a crucial juncture in our liberation war.

On the caretaker issue, the dispute over party government versus non-party interim arrangement to hold election appears eminently solvable. The question boils down to 'a formula' on an interim government. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has floated a formula, the leader of the opposition should spell out her own demand in a concrete form. Something is already there to begin with and then to build up on through discussion at informal or formal levels to hammer out a mutually acceptable solution.

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On the issue of the caretaker government, she enjoys our full confidence, but on the other hand she will definitely lose out if she tries to undermine the ICT and crimes against humanity or war criminal issue. Her birthday on 15 August is not a healthy issue while Sheikh Mujib and Ziaur Rahman both should not be the subjects of comparison rather than complimenting each other.

: Sheikh Monirul Islam, Opee

It is unfortunate that Khaleda Zia chose to defend war criminals.

: ShamimH

Comments

  • Rfk
    Friday, December 28, 2012 05:54 AM GMT+06:00 (100 weeks ago)

    Khaleda Zia cleared her and BNP's position regarding war crimes and criminals. People will also response to that in the next upcoming general election.

  • Selma
    Friday, December 28, 2012 05:54 AM GMT+06:00 (100 weeks ago)

    Yes to restoration of caretaker government so that we will get a fair election but no to hartals as it is bad for business!

  • Sahed Ali
    Friday, December 28, 2012 11:59 AM GMT+06:00 (100 weeks ago)

    Over time, it has become clear that BNP is heavily inclined to, and dependent on Jamaat's strength. If BNP and its allies come to the power in the next general election - all that is done by the International Crimes Tribunal in relation to bringing the war criminals to book would go into astray for sure.


 

 


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