BNP lacks political courtesy: Hasan

DHAKA, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today accused BNP leaders and activists of lacking political courtesy and urged party's secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir to take steps to

educate them about political etiquettes.

Their activities and actions lack political courtesy, Hasan told newsmen

at his Bangladesh Secretariat office here referring to a comment of Alamgir

about Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's remarks at her press conference

yesterday.

He reminded the newsmen that Sheikh Hasina went to BNP chief Begum Khaleda

Zia's house to show her sympathy after her son Arafat Rahman Koko's death

when no one opened the door.

The minister's comments came as the BNP secretary general alleged that the

premier's remarks about fugitive BNP chief Tarique Rahman devoid of

political etiquette.

The premier yesterday said Rahman would be exposed to justice as process

was underway to bring him back to execute the court order.

We don't need to learn courtesy or etiquette from BNP. I want to urge

Mirza Fakhrul to educate his party leaders and activists about the courtesy,

said Hasan, also the publicity and publication secretary of ruling Awami

League.

He said the premier earlier phoned Khaleda Zia for inviting her for a

dinner and the people of the country heard her (Begum Zia) language.

Hasan reaffirmed echoed the premier's comments saying Tarique Rahman was

destined to face his punishment one day.

It is the duty of the state to ensure the execution of a convict's

punishment and that is what Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina pointed out

yesterday he said.

One day, Tarique will have to face the punishment handed down by the

court, the minister added.

Replying to a question, Hasan said the Jatiya Oikyafront became turned to

be a mockery as they demonstrated extreme disunity and lacked ideology.

Many parties and leaders have already quitted the Oikyafront, he said.

Criticizing BNP lawmaker Barrister Rumin Farhan's comments that the

parliament is illegal Hasan said making such remark she (Rumin) also became

an illegal member of the parliament.

Later, the minister greeted the countrymen including the media personnel on

the occasion of holy EidulFitr and exchanged greeting with the officials

and employees of the Information Ministry at his office.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)