The BNP spokesperson urges the media to stop publishing fake news
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has said that the resignation of the party’s acting chairman Tarique Rahman in the context of the August 21 grenade attack case verdict is out of the question.
Addressing the press on Friday, Fakhrul said: “Tarique Rahman has been sentenced in a politically motivated case. The whole thing is a set-up.
“Even knowing this, some party members have advised him to resign—to them the general people may ask, why did not they demand the resignation of the government following so many incidents of disappearances and murder? Rhe resignation of the party chairman for a false case like this is just out of the question.”
Fakhrul urged the media to stop publishing fake news that only serves to impress the government.
“We have noticed that a section of the media is engaged in publishing false information and speculations about Tarique Rahman to tarnish his image in front of the public,” he said.
The BNP secretary general also said: “If the responsibility of bringing justice to the August 21 grenade attack victims lies on the government then they also have to answer to incidents such as the killing at Pilkhana, the killing at Holey Artisan, murders of businessmen, the killing of NGO workers, the murder of university Professor Imam-Moazzin, the killing of priests, bloggers, and many more.
“However the verdict for the August 21 Grenade Attack fails to address any of this.
The senior BNP leader said the court’s observations and the ruling party's political statements were exactly the same.
“The government claims that killings of August 15, 1975, the brutal assassination of four national leaders in prison, and the grenade attack of August 21 are all connected by a string – and BNP are to blame – but in reality, BNP was not even a political party back in 1975. Till this verdict no court has ever accused BNP of such atrocities,” he added.
He alleged that the government is trying to defame BNP and its leaders, especially Tarique Rahman, to gain political advantage and create confusion among the public right before the national elections.
Fakhrul added: “The BNP was the first to ensure justice for the victims of the August 21 grenade attack. FBI and Interpol were tasked to investigate this neutrally. A judicial inquiry committee was also formed, and, above all, the main accused in this case – Mufti Hannan – was arrested during BNP’s period. These facts prove that the BNP-led government was not involved in the crime. Therefore the court's observation that the attacks were performed with the help of state machinery is not logical or acceptable.”
Tarique Rahman, and other prominent BNP leaders were falsely accused on the basis of Mufti Hannan's ‘illegal’ second deposition, Fakhrul said.
“The government has intentionally accused top BNP leaders in this case just to decimate BNP and democracy. It is surprising and suspicious that the court's observations have no reference to this important issue.”