Govt. controlling judiciary: BNP

Special Correspondent
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir alleged that the government, in their efforts to cling to power for long, – is controlling the judiciary through its politicisation
“Since it came to power in 2008, Awami League politicised the judiciary in a cunning way to ensure its absolute power. Now there’s no independence of the judiciary as it has been regulated by the government,” said BNP secretary general.
He also alleged that the ruling party has turned Bangladesh into a “failed state” with its efforts to establish one-party fascist rule by politicising the judiciary, the last resort of people for justice.
The BNP leader came up with the remarks at a press conference on Monday at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office protesting a Pabna court’s recent verdict sentencing nine BNP activists to death and jailing 25 others for life, for attacking a train carrying then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina in 1994.
Fakhrul said their party is always against any form of terrorism and it wants the proper trial of any such incident. “But Awami League is using such incidents for making political gains.”
He claimed that no one was injured in the train attack carried out around 25 years back during BNP’s rule, but BNP leaders almost at all levels have been implicated and convicted in the case filed over the incident. “This verdict is contrary to justice and politically motivated. We strongly condemn and protest it.”
The BNP leader alleged that the government is completing all the preparations for “deporting democracy” from Bangladesh forever to cement its power by destroying all the democratic institutions.
Meanwhile speaking at a discussion at the Jatiya Press Club on Wednesday marking Mashiur Rahman Jadu Mia’s 98th birth anniversary, Mirza Fakhrul urged his party colleagues to find out effective ways based on political reality to defeat the ruling party with the strength of people’s unity.
“The world politics has changed a lot. Just think those who had killed Mahatma Gandhi in India are now in power. This is the reality. We must now realise this change in world politics, and work out ways to reach our desired goal,” he said.
He urged BNP leaders and activists not to talk about disappointment. “We’ll surely get our leader (Khaleda) released and restore democracy with her release from jail.”
Fakhrul called upon all to get united to free people from ‘misrule’ and take the country forward ousting the current government.
He said their alliance Jatiya Oikyafront will not get affected much though Kader Siddiqui-led Krishak Sramik Janata League (KSJL) has quit the coalition.
The BNP leader said it is very tough to fight against an autocratic and fascist government. “We tried to defeat this monster by forming the Jatiya Oikyafront alongside the 20-party through the election. We failed to do so, but it doesn’t mean we’re going to suspend our movement”
He said they will move forward with new strategy uniting people to fulfill their hopes and aspirations.

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