Assuring that extrajudicial killing will be stopped if their party returns to power, BNP senior leader Moudud Ahmed on Saturday said the incidents of killing and enforced disappearance are happening in the country for lack of the government’s accountability.
“The incidents of extrajudicial killing, encounter, crossfire and enforced disappearance are taking place on one hand, and extremism and militancy are emerging on the other as there’s no accountable and representative government in place,” he told a discussion. Dhaka, UNB News Agency Reported.
BNP arranged the programme at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB), marking the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Moudud, a BNP standing committee member, said an anarchic situation has been prevailing in the country only for lack of a genuinely elected government with public mandate.
He said though Awami League had promised in its election manifesto to stop extrajudicial killings, the party has forgotten it after assuming office. “We can firmly say that no incident of enforced disappearance will occur if BNP returns to power. No one will be kept detained without trial and no one will be subjected to extrajudicial killing. We’ll stop these incidents.”
He said their party will take step to stop extrajudicial killing as it believes in the rule of law. “If we fail to live up to our commitments, people will denounce us.” Moudud questioned as to how so many people, including bloggers and people of different religions and faiths, have been killed in terror attacks when the government is claiming to have shown a zero tolerance to terrorism.
“Your (govt’s) statement over showing zero tolerance to terrorism is not true as you still cannot start the trial of a single incident,” the BNP leader said. Mentioning that there is no alternative to a fair and neutral election to overcome the country’s current situation, Moudud said the militancy will be eliminated if a representative government is established through impartial polls.
Claiming that their party hates extremism and militancy, he said the government is plotting to brand BNP as an extremist party through a false campaign to make a political gain. Family members of some Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal leaders who have long been remained missing also spoke at the programme demanding the government take steps to trace their near and dear ones immediately.
A pall of gloom descended on the entire auditorium of the IEB as the weeping family members were describing their plight and agony for not having any trace of their dear ones since they have been ‘picked up’ by law enforcers.