BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan yesterday accused the government of carrying out propaganda against BNP leaders what he said to cover up its failure to run the country.
He was addressing a discussion meeting at Dhaka Reporters Unity to mark the 25th death anniversary of Naziruddin Zehad, who was killed by police during anti-Ershad movement. Zehad Smriti Parisahd organised the function.
Nazrul termed the remarks of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and ruling party leaders against BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman on their alleged involvement in the killing of two foreigners as ridicules.
He said the ruling party leaders are carrying out propaganda only to undermine the BNP.
Referring to the government repressive measures against the BNP leaders and activists, he said there is no union where BNP leaders and activists were not arrested and there is no village where some people are not implicated in false cases and are on the run.
“We are telling about autocrat but the living of people was not so uncertain,” he observed.
The BNP leader said the image of the country has been questioned by raising the militancy issue frequently and trying to identify the opponent as supporters of militants and patronizing them.
He called upon the government to restore the dignity of the country by holding trials of the killings of two foreigners.
Presided over by Habibur Rahman Habib, vice president of the organisation, the meeting was also addressed, among others, by Juba Dal president Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, Abdus Salam Azad, MOstafizur Rahman Babul and Saifuddin Ahmed Moni.
Meanwhile, addressing a press briefing BNP spokesperson Asaduzzaman Ripon yesterday alleged that attempts are being made to strangle the media.
He said as a reader he had noticed that advertisements of the multinational companies were no longer appearing in leading dailies and observed that these companies would not have stopped advertising unless under pressure from a high level in the government.
“This was an attempt to eventually shut down these dailies. The same had happened under the autocratic rule of HM Ershad,” he added.
He also alleged that the media is being placed under immense pressure…The government is coming up with new tactics to tame the media.
The BNP leader strongly criticized the Minister for Information, Hasanul Huq Inu, saying that he had established militancy in Bangladesh.
He also criticised Inu’s statement on national unity and said this degenerated politics of JSD has always been a threat to Bangladesh.