Militants are Planning More Attacks
The militant terrorists are planning to carry out more attacks in the country, said prime minister Sheikh Hasina, asking the law enforcement forces as well as the ordinary people to stay alert. She made her comments on July 13 during a video conference with the members of administra - tion and civil societies of several districts. She also mentioned the possible involve - ment of BNP and Jamaat in these attacks. The prime minister asked everyone to remain more agile.
Fighting Unitedly Against Terrorism
Veteran politician and chairman of National Awami Party, professor Muzaffar Ahmed, said that the country is not in a good condition. He cited the examples of recent militant attacks in which innocent people were slain and even the foreigners were not spared. He said during an interview with a vernacular daily on July 12 that many people believe these militant attacks are outcomes of national and international conspiracies and that the militants must be defeated unitedly in the national interest. Ahmed urged all the patriotic and pro-liberation forces to rally together and fight against terrorism.
“We Had Prior Information of Gulshan and Sholakia Attacks”
Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal has claimed that they knew in advance that something was going to happen in Gulshan. The minister also said that police was watchful already. He was speak - ing at the Krishibid Institution Bangladesh on July 17 when he added that although they knew about a possible attack in Gulshan, they did not know where exactly it was going to take place. But police was able to arrive at the spot within three minutes of the incident, he said. Kamal then said that the same thing also happened in Sholakia where members of the police force were killed during an attack on a police check post.
Going to Heaven by Taking Lives
Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid said that the people of Bangladesh hate terrorism and militancy and that Islam is a religion of peace which does not support taking the lives of others. He insisted that one could not go to heaven by killing others. Nahid was speaking at the opening of Suranjit Sengupta Women’s College on July 16 when he further said that everybody will have to be more alert to resist terrorism and parents must keep abreast of the hereabouts of their children. He added that teachers should find out about students who are absent in class for more than ten days and they must inform the guardians of those students.
Flight Tickets for Menon and Inu
BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas has offered tickets for Dhaka-USA flight to two incumbent ministers, Rashed Khan Menon and Hasanul Haque Inu. Abbas was speaking at a condolence meeting on July 12 at the Engineers Institution in the capital when he made the offer as reward for Menon and Inu if they could speak sensible things, without making habitual criticism of BNP.
Soaking in the Rain of Peace, Not of Blood
Jatiya Party chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad affirmed that peace will be restored in the country if his party comes to power. He said, “We would like to soak in the rain of peace, not of blood.” He asked where everybody was heading and where it would end. He wanted to know what could be more shameful than seeing the people of this country getting killed and the foreigners having their throats slashed. Ershad urged everyone to unitedly resist terrorism while addressing an anti-terrorism rally at the central office of his party office on July 16.
“One Country Proposed to Send Its Soldiers”
Joint general secretary of Bangladesh Awami League, Mahbubul Alam Hanif, said that a large country had proposed to send its army to destroy militancy in Bangladesh after the Gulshan attack. He said Bangladesh did not accept that proposal because it will carefully review the situation and offers of help as and when needed. Hanif was speaking at a workshop in Khulna on July 13 to motivate imams to resist militancy and terrorism.
Extremism Cannot Not be Suppressed by Extremists
Roads transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader referred to BNP’s call for national unity when he said BNP has to understand that extrem - ism cannot be suppressed by extremists and neither can it be resisted by them. The minis - ter said it while visiting the four-lane project on Dhaka- Chittagong highway on July 15. He said BNP will have to decide its main enemy between extremism and Awami League, and that is when its real intentions are going to be revealed.
National Unity is Impossible without BNP
BNP has called for national unity to defeat the monsters of militancy and terrorism with the spirit of the liberation war in 1971. BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir claimed that his party has got the people with it and nearly 70-80 percent of people in the country support his party. He further said that it will be impossible to forge national unity and solve the ongoing crisis in the country without the participation of BNP. Alamgir said that if the ruling party decides to go for national unity without BNP, then it will build resistance against militancy and terrorism with the support of people. He was speaking at a meeting held on July 12 in the memory of the victims of Gulshan attack.
Rampal Power Plant Contradicts Spirit of Liberation War
A former advisor of caretaker government and the convener of National Committee for the Protection of the Sunderbans, Sultana Kamal, resented that the government could not have signed the Rampal Agreement if it believed in the spirit of the liberation war because the former contradicts the latter. She asked how the government that claims to be a force in favor of the liberation war could sign an agreement that goes against the interests of the country. She complained at a press conference held on July 13 that the government is going ahead with its plans to build the power plant in Rampal despite concerns expressed at home and abroad that it is going to destroy the ecology of the Suderbans.