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    Ruling party MPs’ diatribe against Khaleda irks BNP Frontier
    Frontier on Friday, February 1, 2013
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    Criticising the ruling party MPs for their outburst in parliament against Khaleda Zia for her write-up published in the Washington Times, BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed on Friday said this proves that the leader of the opposition has spoken the truth.

    “It seems from yesterday’s (Thursday’s) disgraceful remarks made in parliament over the article that it has hit the heart of the government. They’ve proved Begum Zia has spoken the truth. It’s not tantamount to sedition in any way, as the article has been acclaimed worldwide,” he said.

    Moudud came up with his strong remarks at a pre-procession gathering organised by Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal, Dhaka city (South), in front of the party’s central office in the morning.

    The Washington Times published Khaleda’s article headlined ‘The thankless role in saving democracy in Bangladesh’ on January 30.

    Senior parliament members, including ministers, on Thursday blasted Khaleda Zia for her ‘derogatory’ article in Washington Times and termed it an act against the country’s independence and sovereignty.

    “They’ve said the write-up is tantamount to sedition, I would request them to read the related laws properly…it’s not sedition in any way. Criticising the government activities is not sedition,” he said.

    Taking a swipe at Hasina, Moudud said, “When the incumbent Prime Minister was the opposition leader (1991-‘96 and 2001-2006), she had criticised the then government while visiting many countries of the world. She had also asked Washington to stop its aid to Bangladesh.”

    The former law minister claimed that Hasina had urged French parliamentarians to pass a bill against Bangladesh and termed Bangladesh a failed state in Florida. “Criticism is good but parliament is a sacred place. So, we want all to speak the truth in parliament,” Moudud said.

    He mentioned that Human Rights bodies, including the Amnesty International, have criticised the government for violating human rights.

    “Many newspapers across the world, including the Economist and the Washington Post, published many articles about the corruption and misrule of the government, so it’s nothing new. Khaleda Zia drew attention of the whole world through this article.”

    There are many well-wishers of Bangladesh, including the US, that want democracy in Bangladesh to continue.

    Chaired by convener of Dhaka city south unit of Jatiyatabadi Swechchhasebak Dal Ali Reza Ripon, the programme was addressed, among others, by BNP Education Affairs secretary Khairul Kabir Khokon, BNP joint general secretary Barkat Ullah Bulu, Dhaka city BNP member secretary Abdus Salam, Swechchhasebak Dal president Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel.
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