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PM Hasina blasts people tarnishing Bangladesh’s image abroad

  • Published at 12:23 pm September 25th, 2021
File Photo: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the 76th UNGA session at the UN Headquarters in New York on Friday, September 24, 2021 PID

If they’re people of principles and if they’ve any ideology, why do they use the digital systems we’ve built,’ asks the prime minister

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday came down heavily on those who are tarnishing the image of Bangladesh abroad.

“Some people, staying abroad, criticise and tarnish the image of the country. As we’ve elevated the country to a dignified position with our hard work, now their business is to undermine the country,” she said while addressing a civic reception arranged by the US Awami League at New York LaGuardia Airport Marriott hotel in New York.

“Some people call the Awami League government an illegal one. But my question is how do they get the scope to utter those words [criticise the government]? They’ve got the scope as we’ve built Bangladesh as ‘Digital Bangladesh’,” she said.

“If they’re the people of principles and if they’ve any ideology, why do they use the digital systems we’ve built?” she said, adding that they criticise the government receiving money from BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami.

Hasina said the High Court declared the governments of Ziaur Rahman and HM Ershad as illegal ones because they had formed their governments imposing martial laws.

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Besides, Zia’s wife Khaleda Zia is convicted for embezzlement of orphans’ money and their son Tarique Rahman is convicted in the 10-truck arms haul case and the August 21 grenade attack case, she said. “Even information about their corruption was revealed by the FBI in the United States.”

She said they (BNP) have made so much illegal money by embezzling the money of the people of Bangladesh that they hired an FBI man which was later revealed by the FBI.

In that case, Hasina said, it was disclosed that BNP provided money to kidnap and kill her son Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed Joy in the US. “But now they call Awami League [government] illegal.”

People cast votes for the Awami League and then the party was elected with their votes, she said, adding that BNP will join the election if it has such strength and courage (to win the polls).

Talking about the elections held under the BNP regimes, she said Khaleda Zia had arranged the February 15 general election in 1996 with other political parties boycotting it, and people did not cast votes for them. “Since people didn’t vote for them, they couldn’t survive in power,” she added.