I am not scared of jail: Khaleda: She asks AL leaders to keep passport, visa ready

Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson Khaleda Zia addresses a rally of the BNP-led alliance at Niaz Muhammad High School ground in Brahmanbaria on Tuesday.— New Age photo

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Tuesday said that she was not afraid of imprisonment alleging that the government was plotting to jail her in false cases.
Addressing a public rally in Brahmanbaria, she said, I am not afraid of jail…The January 11 regime had tried to frighten me and to send me abroad, but they failed.’
BNP-led alliance’s Brahmanbaria chapter organised the rally on Niaz Mohammad High School ground in the town.
Asking the ministers and members of parliament to keep their passports and visas ready to flee from the country before putting her in jail, she said, ‘Otherwise, the people would put block your way and you would not be able to escape.’
Khaleda urged people to respond to her call in any situation after Eid ul Azha saying that she might be jailed but her party would be there to guide them in the movement against the government.
The BNP chief said that there had been a plot to split the BNP-led alliance.
She said the government was trying to brand the Jamaat-e-Islami as terrorist, war criminals and so on, but the Jamaat was branded as neither terrorist nor war criminals when it was with the Awami League.
‘Our alliance will remain united and grow strong as much as crisis intensified,’ she said.
The former prime minister said that the government was enacting laws one after another although it came to power without vote.
‘The unelected government has no right to enact laws. People would not accept the laws and they will throw out those laws,’ she said.
Khaleda said that the National Broadcasting Policy was framed to frighten journalists. ‘The government wants to make private television channels their mouthpiece like BTV.’
She demanded immediate scrap of the 16th amendment of the constitution that empowered parliament to remove Supreme Court judges.
‘People have not accepted it,’ Khaleda said, ‘it is not empowering parliament; rather it would handicap the judiciary and enchain judges in the hands of Sheikh Hasina.’
The BNP chief alleged that the prime minister had stained her hands with blood ‘killing 57 army officers at Peelkhana, killing pious Muslims at Motijheel and killing politicians and people en masse.’
She demanded that the Rapid Action Battalion be disbanded saying that the elite force had been used in killing people.
Khaleda alleged that Hasina was involved in killing in Narayanganj and the number of murdered people was 11, not seven.
‘The RAB officials are not being interrogated properly about the Narayanganj murders as they can reveal that the Awami League chief was involved in the killings,’ she said.
She claimed that 310 BNP activists had been killed and 56 were abducted by the government.
Khaleda alleged that the government was involved in corruption in all sectors including bank, capital market, power and infrastructural development.
‘We are counting your corruption. Everything is now in our hands and some day you have to answer for these corruptions,’ she said.
She said that the country was passing through crisis. There was no new work for young people and no foreign investment. The people were burdened with price hike of essentials, power and gas.
Khaleda urged people to unite and oust the ‘corrupt, illegal and killer’ government.
The BNP chief left her Gulshan house around 11:30am to attend the rally. People greeted her standing at both sides on her way to Brahmanbaria. Decorated gates, banners, festoons were erected at places on her way from Bhairab to her rally ground.
Brahmanbaria municipal unit BNP president Shafiqul Islam presided over the rally which was addressed by alliance leaders including acting BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Rafiqul Islam Mia and Mirza Abbas, Jamaat-e-Islami nayed-e-amir Mujibur Rahman, Bangladesh Jatiya Party chairman Andaleev Rahman Partha, Khelafat Majlish amir Maulna Mohammad Ishaq and Islami Oikya Jote chairman Abdul Latif Nezami.

Source: New Age