BNP calls rallies across Bangladesh in protest

BNP calls rallies Friday across Bangladesh in protest

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Dhaka, 08 Feb – The BNP will stage nationwide demonstration across the country including the capital city of Dhaka after Juma prayer Friday and hold rallies tomorrow in protest against jailing the party chairperson Khaleda Zia and senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the two-day countrywide programme at a press briefing at party central office at Naya Paltan immediately after announcement of the court verdict in Zia orphanage trust graft case of Khaleda.
“We will stage demonstration across the country including Dhaka on Friday and hold protest rallies on Saturday in protest for jailing our leaders in a false case. Further course of political action will be declared later on,” he said.
He said the party leaders and activists will stage demonstrations across the country, including all cities, the district towns and upazila headquarters, in a peaceful manner as per directive of their chairperson Khaleda Zia.
He said the chairperson (Khaleda) asked them to keep patience for the sake of restoration of democracy in the country.
“Our leader (Khaleda) urged all to keep patience, register their protests peacefully and not to take any imprudent programme,” he said.
The BNP leader further said, “We need to sacrifice a lot to restore democracy in the country. All should have to keep patience and carryout peaceful protest.”
Fakhrul said Khaleda asked the party leaders not to take any imprudent programme and register their protests peacefully.
BNP’s standing committee member and Khaleda’s lawyer, termed the trial and verdict contrary to the provisions of the constitution.
He also termed the verdict unfortunate saying, “Our law states that all trials should be held in public. But journalists were not allowed, many lawyers not allowed… let alone the people.”
Khaleda Zia was taken to Old Dhaka central jail from Special Court-5 at Bakshibazar in the city as the court sentenced her to five years’ jail in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Meanwhile, Khaleda’s layers told reporters at jail gate that the chairperson urged the countrymen to have patience and keep trust in her.
The lawyers, who accompanied the former prime minister to the jail gate, conveyed the BNP chief’s message to her followers soon after the chairperson landed in prison.
While entering the jail, Khaleda called upon the countrymen to have patience and trust on her, said Advocate Sanaullah Miah.
He quoted the chairperson as saying, “I will not bow down no matter whatever adverse situation is created and repression is launched on me.”
In another development, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi termed the court verdict vengeance of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Earlier, a special court of Dhaka handed down five years imprisonment to Khaleda Zia and ten years to her son Tarique Rahman and five others in connection with Zia Orphanage corruption case. – Staff Reporter

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