BNP does not talk about displaced Rohingyas: Obaidul Quader
Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader has complained that BNP complains verbally to foreigners but does not say anything about the displaced Rohingyas.
He made this complaint during a discussion and prayer meeting organized on the occasion of the National Mourning Day at the Agricultural Research Council Auditorium in the capital’s Farmgate on Friday (August 26). Bangladesh Agricultural Economist Association organizes this seminar.
Earlier, in a press conference last Thursday, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir claimed – ‘Since the beginning, this government has been using the Rohingya issue as an issue to achieve political interests.’
When asked about BNP’s complaint, the general secretary of Awami League said, “BNP complains to foreigners with words. Where did the Rohingya talk? I heard yesterday (Thursday), the US Secretary of State said that they will resettle some of the Rohingya people. Thus the ambassadors of 14 countries appointed in Bangladesh have assured that they will also take initiative in this regard. (BNP) complains to them, but does not say a word about the Rohingyas.
After the Rohingyas came to Bangladesh, BNP leader Khaleda Zia did a photo session in the name of giving relief materials to the Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar. Not even a day said. Now this world talks about crisis. The government has done for them including rehabilitation in Bhasanchar. 11.5 million people on my neck, on my head. Even after doing so much, they give lip service to the Rohingyas. Still making anti-government comments.
Describing the course of events on August 15, Quader said, ‘Who is involved, who is not involved – when his (Bangabandhu’s) house was surrounded, Bangabandhu went upstairs and telephoned some people. Among them were army officers and their political colleagues. I don’t know who responded. All I know is that Colonel Jamil, Bangabandhu’s security officer, responded to those who called him. No one except him rushed to save Bangabandhu.
He said, “Like his wife helped Bangabandhu, Sheikh Rehana is helping Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”
“We are not residents of an isolated island,” Quader said, adding that the countrymen should be prepared for more difficult times. We did not create this global hostile situation. But even then we have to pay the price.
President of Bangladesh Agricultural Economist Association and former senior secretary Sajjadul Hasan also spoke in the chair – Fisheries and Livestock Minister Sh. Rezaul Karim and State Minister for Planning Dr. Shamsul Alam.