BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday urged the intellectuals, and free thinking persons and believers of democracy to come forward in the transition period of the country.
“Country’s human rights are now undermined. Let us join a united movement to realise the rights by not sitting idle in homes,” he said while addressing a discussion meeting at Institute of Engineers Bangladesh.The BNP organised the meeting to mark the Martyred Intellectual Day. BNP leaders—MK Anwar, Dr Abdul Moin Khan, AZM Zahid Hossain, Prof Dr Emajuddin Ahmed and Prof Mostahidur Rahman, among others, also addressed, the meeting.
Mirza Fakhrul said not only on December 14, numerous intellectuals including teacher, journalist, engineers, physician and artist were killed during the entire period of war of liberation in 1971.
“The objective of the killings was to eliminate those will play a vital role to build independent Bangladesh. Pakistanis had started the process with the help of their collaborators,” he said.
The BNP spokesperson said that in the post independence period Mujib Bahini was formed to eliminate those who held different opinions. He alleged that the Awami League does not know anyone without themselves.
The BNP leader said, Zaiur Rahman who proclaimed the independence was being called by the AL people a spy of Pakistan. But research proved that the then AL leadership did not want the war of liberation or independence of Bangladesh, he added.
Earlier in the morning Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir alleged that the ruling Awami League smashed the dreams of intellectual martyrs.
“A deep rooted conspiracy is on to annihilate those who are struggling for protecting Bangladeshi nationhood and democracy by carrying out killings and enforced disappearance in a planned way,” he said while talking to reporters before placing wreath at Mirpur Martyred Intellectual Memorial in the morning.
Later, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia along with senior party leaders including Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir placed wreath at the memorial and paid homage to the martyred intellectuals.
The BNP spokesperson said that his party taking people with them is working to implement the objectives of the sacrifice of the intellectuals.
“Democracy will be restored through movement taking people with us,” he added.
Replying to a question, he said they are carrying out a democratic movement to realise the demand of the people to hold an inclusive poll under a non-partisan government.
“No democratic movement had ever failed and this time it would also not fail,” he observed.
Fakhrul alleged that incidents of enforced disappearance, killing and secret killing are going on as it happened during the war of liberation in 1971.
Terming the present government unelected; he said they had failed to stop extra judicial killings as it happened in 1971.
He said the AL is obstructing the democratic movement due to its autocratic attitude. – Staff Reporter