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BNP doubts spirit of youths

The government "staged” the demonstration against the verdict of Jamaat leader Quader Mollah at Shahbagh Square to divert people's attention from the caretaker government issue, said several BNP standing committee members last night.

The members, wishing not to be named, said party Chairperson Khaleda Zia chaired a two-hour BNP standing committee meeting at her Gulshan office from 9:30pm.

A number of standing committee members raised the issue of alleged “understanding” between the government and Jamaat-e-Islami. Khaleda Zia, however, remained mum.

It was decided in the meeting that the BNP would observe what was going on centring the mass demonstration, the sources said.

The meeting also decided to hold the party's 6th national council on March 9, if they get approval for a venue, said a member of the standing committee.

The meeting also formed 13 sub-committees for holding the council.

Hours earlier, BNP's student body Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal said the mass demonstration at Shahbagh demanding death penalty for war criminals was “staged through a mutual understanding”.

At a press briefing at the BNP central office at Naya Paltan, Chhatra Dal did not explain among whom this “mutual understanding” was made.

Thousands of people under the banner “Bloggers and Online Activist Network” demonstrated for the third consecutive day yesterday demanding capital punishment to all war criminals, including Jamaat Assistant Secretary General Abdul Quader Mollah, at Shahbagh Square.

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There is every reason to doubt. AL and its allies are bend to create a situation that will take peoples attention from its corruption and failures. In these chaos even the accused chairman of greatest bank fraud scandal got bail without any surety of return of fraud amount.

: Barkat

JCD is the agent of BNP that again is the active agent of Pakistan ISA. Should people trust these traitors?

: naabaj


  • nagorik
    Friday, February 8, 2013 07:56 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    How come government allow them to close the street for people? If opposition party want to demonstrate like this to close the street,BAKSHALI police ,KADARE, BAKSHALI media react fascist way..

  • Haq
    Friday, February 8, 2013 08:31 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    A party formed by a freedom fighter is so out of touch!

    They should not downplay the Bangladesh Tahrir square.

  • Turja, Canada
    Friday, February 8, 2013 09:47 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    Not surprised at all. Jamat has devoured BNP and this type of statement is a natural expression of BNP(Jamat)

  • nds
    Friday, February 8, 2013 10:07 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    Again a misreading by BNP the genuine sentiment of the young generation . The major political parties' only concern for state power for self aggrandizement have so clouded and vitiated their outlook and got trapped in petty political intrigues that their social and national consciousness has gone into complete stupor.

  • Md Shahjahan
    Friday, February 8, 2013 10:45 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    BNP never owned the spirit of liberation war and always think its mare interest.

  • Kamrul
    Friday, February 8, 2013 11:32 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    I do not think the demonstration is government staged. It is a spontaneous outcome of the verdict. However, I think everyone should respect court's verdict and should not cast doubt on the credibility of justice under the tribunal.

  • ekaturer_jishu
    Friday, February 8, 2013 01:48 PM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    what more to expect from a party who says America was our friend in 71...This for me is the difference between the BNP Ziaur Rahman established and the present so called BNP who promote religious xenophobia for political gains only

  • Iftikhar-ul-Awwal
    Friday, February 8, 2013 12:10 PM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    The indomitable spirit of youth with their boundless energy and vigor are being purposefully mislaid by some vested interested groups to earn extra political mileage.

    Quader Mollah is certainly not the issue here as the road to its final adjudication is the SC and not Shahbag or elsewhere. If it is directed to mount pressure on the rest of the cases being tried before the Tribunals, this is totally an unfair and unacceptable method, and judgments emanating thereof may not conform to the international standards expected of them.

    Moreover, it seems awkward that appeals from “international” tribunals should lie in national courts. The Opposition has a point when it raises its fingers towards duplicity to divert people’s attention, especially after WB’s snub and AL's stubbornness to hold the next general election without restitution of the caretaker government system.

  • Md Musa
    Friday, February 8, 2013 12:18 PM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    BNP doubts any war crimes happened in 1971, BNP doubts top national leaders, BNP doubts our independence history.

  • Rubo
    Friday, February 8, 2013 01:35 PM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    This is another example how BNP is aliented from the mass

    people. It is their failure to understand people's sentiments.





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