Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Govt behaving like emergency regime, says Khaleda

BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia said on Saturday that the government was behaving exactly like the emergency caretaker administration.
Exchanging Eid greetings with foreign diplomats as well as people from different walks of life at a reception hosted by BNP at Eskaton Ladies’ Club, she said that the people celebrated Eid in distress.
She expressed her solidarity with the common people of the country, who are far from well and had to celebrate Eid in acute distress.
She conveyed her Eid greetings to the people.
She recalled that two years ago on September 11, 2008, the emergency caretaker government had released her from jail.
She asked the government to solve the sufferings of the people by holding discussions with all concerned.
Khaleda said BNP wants the country’s prosperity and development and would with support from the people restore peace and security in the country.
Lack of employment, she said, was causing distress to the people. She said that during her just concluded pilgrimage to Makkah Munawara to perform Umrah, she came to know that the Bangladeshis working there were facing problems renewing their work permits.
BNP observed the second anniversary of Khaleda’s release from jail on the day.
The two-year emergency caretaker government had sent her to jail on September 3, 2007 and freed her on September 11, 2008.
‘I was released on this day two years ago,’ she said.
‘It seems to me’, she said, the Awami League led-alliance government was repeating whatever the emergency caretaker government had done.
She said that the AL-led government filed cases against many BNP leaders under false charges only to harass them.
She said, ‘Mirza Abbas is still in jail with many others.’
Responding to a question, Khaleda said she spoke on phone to Tarique and Arafat, her two sons, now staying abroad for treatment.
Suffering from acute pain, they are not well and would need prolonged treatment, she said. After exchanging Eid greetings, Khaleda drove straight to the grave of the late president Ziaur Rahman and said prayers there.

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