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Does BNP want the right to burn vehicles, property freely?

Ask info minister Hasan Mahmud

Published : 31 Dec 2021 09:52 PM | Updated : 01 Jan 2022 05:06 PM

Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hassan Mahmud stated that BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir protested against the government once in the morning, once in the afternoon and sometimes in the evening. Their leaders have been protesting against the government across the country. What more do they want than political freedom? Do they want the right to burn vehicles and people's property freely?

Dr Hasan Mahmud said, "Do they want to block the country by calling strike day after day? Which they did in 2013, 14 and 15, which people rejected.”

The Information and Broadcasting minister was responding to a question from reporters on Friday evening after the auspicious ceremony of the full-length film 'Dampara' based on the heroism of the then Chittagong Superintendent of Police Shamsul Haque, who was killed by Pak forces during the War of Liberation.

Chattogram Metropolitan Police Commissioner Saleh Mohammad Tanvir presided over the function at the Multipurpose Hall of Dampara Police Line in Chattogram. Chattogram Range DIG Anwar Hossain, 'Dampara' hero Ferdous Khan, heroine Hasne Habib Bhabna, writer Anan Zaman, director Shuddhaman Chaitan, ex-SP Shamsul Haque's wife Mahm Etc.

After rejecting the request of the government for the release of the BNP leader, Mirza Fakhrul said that a decision will be taken on the streets about the release of their leader. Hasan Mahmud said if the BNP wants the release of Begum Khaleda Zia on the streets, then why did they appeal to the government to send her abroad. They should avoid this duality. Despite being accused of burning cars and throwing bombs at hostages, the kind of political freedom they enjoy, the political rhetoric against the government and the Awami League, raises the question of whether any other country could have done so much.

He said that Begum Khaleda Zia is a convicted accused, the  Prime Minister has shown her generosity by suspending her sentence and keeping her free and she is receiving medical treatment like her, i.e. under the supervision of her family and party. She is not receiving medical treatment under the government. So if there is any loss of health of Begum Khaleda Zia now, it will be the responsibility of BNP and her family doctors and those who are providing her health care.

The Information and Broadcasting Minister said that it is doubtful whether the people of Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir could have enjoyed the free exercise and political freedom in Bangladesh in spite of their anti-politics.

He said there was a discrepancy between the 1930 incident and the 1971 incident in ‘Dampara’. The paradox is that arms had to be looted from here in 1930, the revolutionaries revolted against the British by looting arms and they were able to keep the Chittagong region independent for 11 days. And in 1971 there was no need to plunder. Instead, Superintendent of Police Shamsul Haque, who was the keeper of the armory, distributed the weapons to the freedom fighters.

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