BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday alleged that the country is passing through a critical time as there is no freedom of speech.
“A critical time has hit Bangladesh now. There’s no scope here for exercising free thinking. Now people’s voices are gagged and obstacles are put to free thinking,” he said.
Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “It’s unfortunate for those who had dreamt of a beautiful Bangladesh before 1971 and fought in the Liberation War as now we’re in a suffocating situation and don’t have the right to expression. Those whom we want to speak the truth and hold different opinions are being subjected to repression and suppression.”
The programme was arranged at the Kamalapur residence of late filmmaker Chashi Nazrul Islam, marking his 75th birth anniversary.
Chashi Nazrul died of cancer on January 11, 2015.
Fakhrul said the people of Bangladesh always established their rights through struggles. “They’ll again restore their rights through movement. It’s a historical fact. So, there’s no reason for the nationalist forces to get upset.”
Apparently to invigorate BNP leaders and activists, he said though their movement is yet to yield desired outcome the nationalist forces have not defeated as they are still on a struggle for ensuring people’s rights. “We’ll continue it and we’ll surely be successful some day.”
Fakhrul said they will restore the atmosphere for free thinking and freedom of expression through making their movement a success.
Describing Chashi Nazrul as a rare genius artiste, he said the nation will always remember this creative person for his works and contributions to the country and the film industry. “Let’s play a due role from our respective positions to complete the unfinished tasks of Chashi Bhai.”
Chaired by noted artiste Amjad Hossain, the programme was addressed, among others, by film director and producer Gazi Mazharul Anwar, former DU Pro-VC AFM Yusuf Haider, DAB secretary general ZM Zahid Hossain, JASAS president Abdul Malek, singer Monir Khan and film hero Helal Khan.
Earlier in the morning, cultural activists, people from different professions paid homage to Chashi Nazrul by placing wreaths at his grave at Shomserpur village in Munshiganj’s Srinagar upazila marking his birth anniversary.