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Hasina remark over Khaleda in arms haul case baseless: BNP

Staff Correspondent

The BNP on Wednesday said that the remarks the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, made involving Khaleda Zia in the haul of 10 trucks of arms was baseless and politically motivated.
‘What the illegal prime minister said in the illegal parliament involving Khaleda Zia with the haul of 10 trucks of arms is totally baseless and false. She has said this to demean Khaleda and to gain politically as part of a continued conspiracy against Khaleda,’ the acting BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said.
Fakhrul made the statement as he was talking to reporters after placing a wreath, along with BNP standing committee member Rafiqul Islam Mia, at the grave site of the late president Ziaur Rahman.
Sheikh Hasina in the house on Tuesday said, ‘References to the case of
the haul of 10 trucks of arms showed involvement of former prime minister Khaleda Zia, her son and Hawa Bhaban leaders. This calls for investigation and we will do it.’
In response, Fakhrul said, ‘If the case was followed through proper investigation, it would reveal that Khaleda Zia had directed proper measures after the arms haul. People would not believe in the politically motivated comment,’ Fakhrul said.
‘We condemn and protest at Sheikh Hasina’s remarks,’ he said. ‘The government is trying to shrug off the criticism of its staged-managed elections at home and abroad and to divert people’s attention from its misrule,’ he added.
He alleged that the government was influencing the verdict in the general Manzur murder case.
‘You see what happens in the judiciary. A report was published in newspapers  today [Wednesday] that a judge trying the general Manzur murder case, the verdict of which is scheduled to be delivered on January 10, was changed yesterday [Tuesday].’
‘The Awami League has snatched away the freedom of the judiciary. It has politicised the judiciary. Judges are not able to do their job fearlessly and freely,’ he said. ‘It is not new what you have seen. A minister’s call has postponed the hearing of a case recently.’
Fakhrul criticised the prime minister for defending acts of the Chhatra League in Rajshahi University. ‘Hasina’s comments prove that she is fostering the BCL’s terrorism and encouraging violence.’
Hasina on Tuesday defended acts of the Chhatra League in Rajshahi University saying, ‘They had acted in self-defence and all who carried arms were not Chhatra League activists.’

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