British High Commissioner in Dhaka Robert Gibson on Saturday expressed dissatisfaction over the continued confrontation instead of dialogue between the two major political parties — ruling Awami League and main opposition BNP — for holding free, fair and credible elections. “I’m disappointed that we’ve seen continued confrontational action rather than constructive dialogue between the two main parties that could result in the outcome desired by most ordinary Bangladeshis: free, fair and credible elections in which all parties participate,” the British envoy said in a statement. The BNP-led 18-party alliance on Saturday extended its 72-hour nationwide hartal, scheduled to begin at 6 am on Sunday, by 12 hours to 6pm Wednesday in protest against Friday night’s arrest of senior BNP leaders. On Friday night, plainclothes police detained BNP standing committee members Barrister Moudud Ahmed, MK Anwar and Barrister Rafiqul Islam Miah from the city’s Karwanbazar area while BNP Chairperson’s adviser Abdul Awal Mintoo and Khaleda’s special assistant Shimul Biswas in front of her Gulshan residence.
Source: BD Chronicle