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BNP backs Jamaat hartal

12 October 2017,Thursday, 11:03

BNP has extended support to today's countrywide daylong hartal called by Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.

Party's senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi at a press conference held at central office this morning said they have full support to Jamaat's hartal.

Denouncing arrest and remand of top leaders Jamaat, the BNP leader said the government has turned the entire country into a prison through indiscriminately arrest of opposition leaders on false charges.

UNB adds: “Jamaat enforced a daylong hartal protesting the unfair arrest and remand of their leaders. We extend our support to the shutdown programme,” he said.

The BNP leader further said, “It is our party’s latest decision. I told you yesterday (Wednesday) I didn’t get any direction from the party’s high commands about supporting the hartal. Now I have got a direction to extend our support to Jamaat’s today (Thursday) hartal.”

Rizvi said the Jamaat leaders were arrested to spread panic among people so that opposition parties cannot take any programme against the government.

Earlier, on Wednesday, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said their party has no decision to support the hartal.

BNP leader said, "Our party secretary general issued a statement demanding the release of those arrested. Our party's programme is limited to it in this regard, and we've nothing else out of it."

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami on Tuesday called the countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal for Thursday to register its protest against the arrest and remand of its top leaders, including Ameer Maqbul Ahmad.

Detectives arrested Jamaat Ameer Maqbul Ahmad, its Nayeb-e-Ameer Mia Golam Parwar, also a former MP from Khulna-5 constituency, Secretary General Dr Shafiqur Rahman and six other party leaders from the city's Uttara area on October 9.

A team of Detective Branch of police arrested them from a house at Road-3 of Sector-11 in Uttara while they were allegedly holding a 'clandestine meeting'.

Party joint secretary Khairul Kabir Khokon, central leader Sanaullah Mia, Masud Ahmed Talukder, Mohammad Monir Hossain and Aminul Islam, among others, were present at the press conference.


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