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PM blasts Khaleda

Says the BNP chief asked foreign powers to 'punish Bangladesh'

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday blasted in parliament Leader of the Opposition Khaleda Zia for her article published in the Washington Times recently, saying she (Khaleda) urged the USA to interfere in Bangladesh's internal affairs to save the country's democracy.

Hasina, also leader of the House, said, “After going through the article, it seems to me that she [Khaleda] does not believe at all in the country's independence and sovereignty. This is why she wants to punish Bangladesh by calling another country [USA].”

In response to a query from Jatiya Party lawmaker Mujibul Haque, the prime minister also said the opposition leader wrote the article urging the USA to stand against the people of Bangladesh and its interests.

In her article, the BNP chief cited the USA's role during Bangladesh's Liberation War and urged it to come forward the way it helped Bangladesh during its Liberation War in 1971, Hasina said.

The premier said the USA was in favour of the Pakistani occupation forces who were carrying out genocide in Bangladesh in 1971, and the USA even sent the Seventh Fleet to help the Pakistani forces.

Hasina said the opposition leader suddenly wrote the article. “I have doubt whether she herself read it. She was prime minister of the country twice. How could she write such an article?” asked Hasina. “Does she believe in the country's independence and sovereignty?”

Earlier on January 31, lawmakers from the Awami League-led ruling alliance accused Khaleda, also BNP chief, of committing sedition by urging the USA to interfere in Bangladesh's internal affairs through her article.

During the question-answer session yesterday, the premier also defended her government's defence purchase deal with Russia signed recently. She claimed her government signed the deal to purchase arms from Russia for the defence forces to strengthen them. She also cited the historic role the then Soviet Union played in favour of Bangladesh during its Liberation War.

Hasina also described her government's various efforts to increase agricultural production and boost the national economy.

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Sk.Hasina must not forget her recent past that she did the same thing while she was in the opposition. She is being paid back in the same coin. It is a pity that none of our so called leaders can keep their faith on the people who voted them to power. Complaining to foreign nations would not solve the problems rather it will bring shame for its people.These two women have no respect, love or gratitude for its people.So it would impossible for this country to have any progress or development as long as they keep on changing the hands of power. It is high time for this country to have a new leadership.

: Anonymous k

The PM is in her loose and irresponsible talking phase again.

Is she questioning Khaleda's patriotism whose husband was the most leading freedom fighter?

How absurd is that? It is simply ridiculous to even insinuate that the article-publishing implies Khalesa's lack of sensitivity for our sovereignty and independence. Absolutely nothing wrong in drawing international attention in saving democracy and rule-of-law just as Libyans did recently and South Africa did log ago. We find rather the Economist’s reports about AL taking ‘bagful of cash’ from India for last election is the most direct violation of our sovereignty.

: Roni Rahman


  • Vampire knight
    Thursday, February 7, 2013 12:48 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    Abusing all our past and present leaders except her father is very usual for Sheikh Hasina. This is how she has been grown and she will never change.

    If person like Sheikh Hasina remains in power for another term, what she has been conspiring to do, we shall have only option to beg help from the UN for our co-existence and survival .

  • Labu Khan
    Thursday, February 7, 2013 01:38 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    After going through the article, it seems to me that she [Khaleda] does believe in the country's independence and sovereignty. This is why she wants the interference of the biggest democratic power in the world, the USA to save our country. The article does not urge the USA to stand against the people of Bangladesh and its interests.

  • Robin
    Thursday, February 7, 2013 01:43 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    Learn from Vietnam, Madam PM of Bangladesh. Vietnam never bashed the US for the killing of millions of Vietnamese during the Vietnam War which was still razing in 1971 when Bangladesh was liberated.

    Hasina's US bashing shows her intellectual shortsightedness.

    Thursday, February 7, 2013 02:39 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    The pot calling the kettle black. Hon PM has exclaimed in surprise that being prime minister of the country twice how could Khaleda write such an ill motive article in the Washington Times against the country. Not only had that you also raised question that “Does she (KZ) believe in the country's independence and sovereignty?” Being an opposition leader you requested Washington to suspend all the economic aids of Bangladesh while visiting USA. In Florida you termed Bangladesh a failed state. In Paris you requested the parliament members to bring a bill for suspending all aids to Dhaka. Hon PM, don’t you remember these anti sovereignty works? A River is a life line of a country but you agreed with Dr. Sing, PM, India in 2010 that a road would be constructed across the Titas River just by filling (bricks, soils etc) for movement of Indian heavy trucks to Tripura (Dr. Rahmatullah, 4th Feb, 2012). Is it not against our sovereignty? In 2010 you had signed so many treaties with India while visiting New Delhi which are not yet known to countrymen. The act of hiding the foreign contracts is not anti sovereignty???

  • Mohammed U.K.
    Thursday, February 7, 2013 05:17 AM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    The P.M. blasted her opponent is uncalled for. She herself has distorted the facts of the letter written by the BNP leader. The P.M. has conveniently her own role while she was in opposition in this regard. THe P.M. simply tried to divert the public opinion. In absence of democratic practice and failing to face the Govt through democratically the BNP leader tried to draw the attention of the international media to the sad plight of democracy in today's B.Desh under autocratic rule of Sk. hasina. As it is we are in a dangerous state. Thje P.M. showing no sign of a good compromise and going ahead through her muscle flexing. During Ershad's tenure when she was in so called opposition she on her maiden visit to India as an opposition leader spoke utter lies about the tortures on the minorities only to win political support from the neighboring country. what a dirty politics she does at the cost of our national interest. One day she has to alone account for the billion dollar with Russian She can not fool the nation forever with her constant lies.

  • Asad Zaman
    Thursday, February 7, 2013 12:24 PM GMT+06:00 (157 weeks ago)

    It is unbelievable that the leader of the opposition, who was twice the PM of the country, urged for foreign interference in Bangladesh's internal affairs to save the country's democracy. I wonder whether she truly understands the simple and complex (or broader) meaning of “democracy”. In fact, Bangladesh in some respect is more democratic compared to many other developed countries, where the government will never tolerate so much violence –ranging from arson attacks (on private and public properties), vandalism and such cruel attacks on the law-enforcers – that is now being done by members of the BNP led opposition parties.





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