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Saturday, February 2, 2013


Open invitation for political intervention

Khaleda Zia's comments are unacceptable

BNP chief, Kaleda Zia's article published in the Washington Times took us by surprise. To think that a country's former prime minister holding the office twice and the present opposition leader can ask for intervention from a foreign power on any issue is unheard of. It is little wonder that the ruling party MPs in parliament were up in arms in their condemnation of what has been stated.

One may easily ask what Khaleda Zia's reaction would have been had she been the prime minister and Sheikh Hasina, as leader of the opposition, had written a similar piece in a foreign newspaper. We question Khaleda Zia's wisdom of action in asking for foreign governments to get involved in the internal affairs of our country. This is totally unacceptable and we register our protest in strongest of terms.

The leader of the opposition can and is expected to highlight the failures of the government. She may also, in rare instances, take her case to foreign media. Where we really part ways with her is her open invitation to the US government that it steps up pressure on an elected government to reinstate the caretaker system of government. Whatever may be the circumstances of the doing away with the caretaker system, it is highly objectionable when a person of Khaleda Zia's stature seeks foreign assistance to undermine an elected government.

We understand why the BNP chief may feel frustrated. It is a fact, and we have written against it, that the present AL government has been very high handed and repressive in their dealings with the opposition. But to correct all the wrongs of the government, Begum Zia must appeal to the people of Bangladesh and not any foreign government.

In a democracy, power for change is in the hands of the people. It emanates from the people and not from any outside influence a point worth remembering. Her appeal for 'change' should be to and only to the electorate. There has not been a single instance in recent history where “foreign intervention” has helped save democracy.

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Her problem are many but most notably her movements are not gaining much traction with the common people. Not because AL is better, it is because folks have not forgotten the murderous reign of Hawa Bhaban. And they still remember Babar.

: ShamimH

Is it amnesia or double standard? For AL to invite foreign intervention is halal, but for BNP it is haram. Or is seeking Indian intervention kosher, while US intervention is unacceptable

Didn't the AL seek and obtain Indian intervention when pushed to the wall by the Pakistan government?

AL government is hunting down BNP activists right up to its acting general secretary, -disappearing, killing and jailing.

: plaintalker


  • shah
    Saturday, February 2, 2013 03:25 PM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    An ex-PM can not express her opinion such way.

    .....but our all politician can make their own wish to come true because there is nobody to check&balance.

    WE,the mass people are the loser no matter whoever is n power.

  • Hafeejul Alam
    Saturday, February 2, 2013 03:49 PM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    I believe, the people at large will agree with this cogent editorial from The Daily Star. Begum Zia, knowingly or unknowingly, distorted the facts of our independence and brought about many silly points just to please a foreign country,at the cost of our national image and sovereignty. Such an immaturity is never expected from a person who held the high position of Prime Minister twice. Very sad indeed!

  • Q F Ahmed, MCMI
    Saturday, February 2, 2013 02:20 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    Khaleda Zia has proved it again that she is not a prudent politician. I am more or less sure she has not dictated the article which was published in Washington Times on 30 January 1213, whoever has written it, they did it purposely to destroy her image in the home and abroad. Thanks...

  • moniruzzaman khan
    Saturday, February 2, 2013 04:16 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    I think, it was not a article. It was her opinion or letter. Anyway - She proved her madness with stupidity.

  • Robin
    Saturday, February 2, 2013 01:49 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    Both Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina are two leaves of the same branch.

  • Sahed Ali
    Saturday, February 2, 2013 10:30 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    Open Invitation for political intervention;

    Thanks for the editorial and I hope that BNP chief and her advisers will have some lessons to learn.

    I do believe that if they are real patriots; they will be more sympathetic about the welfare of the country and the nation. Whereas, the rich countries in the world are still suffering from recession, Bangladesh has done excellent progress both in economic and human resources fronts. We should be proud of our ongoing progress.

    Only for mere political gain, one should not spread unfounded propaganda against one's own country to the foreign media. Importantly, politics and party interests are not above the country and the nation.

  • A Coudhury
    Saturday, February 2, 2013 03:01 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    You are very right to question this woman, a former prime minister, about her motives to betray her own country. She should be tried for this.

  • A.J.Farouque
    Friday, February 1, 2013 11:12 PM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    She is asking for Economic and Diplomatic sanctions against Bangladesh, just because the government is not paying heed to the demand for restoration of Caretaker Government, ironically the United States, UK, or any Democratic country do not have this system, and her other complaint is that, the Government is not scrapping the war crimes trial, USA and UK themselves conducted the Nuremberg Trials and US Army in the Far East, had held the Tokyo trials after WW2.... We are not sure, if the opposition leader understands the implications of Diplomatic and Economic sanctions, Iraq, Libya, Syria....are there for all to see, and why does she thinks, the western powers will do that for her to assume power? How can she say that United States supported our struggle for Independence!! If so, then why 7th Fleet sailed in to the Bay of Bengal in December, 1972?

  • Sheikh Monirul Islam, Opee
    Friday, February 1, 2013 09:54 PM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia indirectly admitting that she and her party is incapable to set a momentum to their politics in the street for the cause of bringing back CTG. Her decision to connect the democracy issue to global politics in that method shows her lack of scholarly qualifications in that sense. Why Khaleda is resorting to western countries so much to be able to return to power is very mysterious. She even went to the extent requesting for slapping her own country with sanctions which shows lack of serious political judgement. Without trusting the people of her own country she has really travelled too far; when a country's leader so vehemently look toward West to establish democracy and that too knowing too well what the US has done, their destructive global activities; being a Muslim how Khaleda could forget the way US has acted indiscriminately in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iranian peninsular and in the coming days in Egypt- I must say Khaleda insulted the nation in general. She is again ill-advised publishing an article in this fashion. It is her poor judgement.

    It confirms that she lost touch with her people and for the sake of returning to power desperately she is ready to do anything. It was a poor PR job. It may even become boomerang.

  • Iftikharul Karim
    Saturday, February 2, 2013 06:13 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    The editor’s expression of outrage over Khaleda Zia’s article is disingenuous to say the least when our recent political history since 1996 has been a sad story of major political parties actively courting and even inviting foreign /external intervention in the country’s political process. Recall the mediation efforts of the Commonwealth Secretary General, the unabashed and back room consultations, comings and goings, intrigues of Dhaka based diplomats, particularly the British HC, US Ambassador and EU ambassadors who were approached by one or both political parties and even the meetings of Sheikh Hasina with congressional leaders and US administration in 2007, all which were reported by the press and media without pontification. Of course all of these past activities of the AL is no justification for the other political party to seek external interference in our political life. Nevertheless, well meaning and sincere assistance for sustaining democracy and development from any quarter should always be welcomed.

  • mahfuz haque
    Saturday, February 2, 2013 09:56 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    Khaleda Zia is just trying to save the country from this tyrant government. Only foreign powers can force this fascist and corrupt government to hold free and fair election.

  • Citizen
    Saturday, February 2, 2013 08:43 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    Khaleda Zia is blind and thinking of going to power by any means. She should not forgot not long ago how her family and party leaders got involved with massive corruption and the people rejected them badly in last general election. People expected her to take the responsibility and leave politics and the BNP after a massive failure of leading country and party.

    It is clear now that she didn't learn from her mistakes and it's time that BNP takes action to remove a failed leader who is keen to protect illegal house, corrupted sons and war criminals.

    The desire to come back to power has gone so immense that she has gone wild to seek overseas help to topple a legitimate Government with foreign intervention. It's a disgrace for the citizen and action required to protect the interest of the country.

  • Shushmita Sen, Toronto
    Saturday, February 2, 2013 09:59 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    TDS Editor, you may be right but you need not be too concerned. This is politics in BD style. Perhaps you forgot that Sheikh Hasina, while in opposition, had said that Bangladesh was full of terrorists and openly sought outside help. When all doors are shut for the opposition ( example: Fakhrul's case) it will find any window to call for help to be rescued from the prison of repression and corruption (example: Abul vs Padma Bridge). Please write a scholastic article highlighting these factors.

  • anonymous
    Saturday, February 2, 2013 11:08 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    How can the people exercise their right for power change when their rights are throttled and controlled by the government powerful machinery? What recourse does the opposition has in this respect, pray I may ask?





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