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Fighting militancy, holding polls twin challenges: Inu

DHAKA, Apr 06, 2017(BSS)-Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, MP, today said Bangladesh is beset with the twin challenges of conducting general election in time and simultaneously waging a war on militancy.

"We don't have any choice. It is a difficult situation. On the one hand, we have to fight militancy, but on the other hand, we have to

conduct a general election within the stipulated time as mandated by the constitution," he said.

The minister was speaking at a seminar on militancy held at the Jatiya Press Club by the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) of which he is the president.

Inu further said without eliminating the patrons the menace of militancy would never be stamped out. He also said the Bangladesh

Nationalist Party (BNP) led by Begum Khaleda Zia is heading a syndicate of war criminals, assassins of '75, the 21 August grenade

attackers and the arsonists of 2015. "As all the criminals have come under the same umbrella then how can one eliminate militancy without uprooting its roots?" he asked.

Inu elaborated the means through which Khaleda and her late husband had rehabilitated and rewarded the criminals of the past. "How can the nation expect anything good from them?" he remarked.

Criticizing the country's musical chairs political course, the information minister said, "One cannot have the pro-liberation

elements in power once and then the anti-liberation elements for the next tenure.

This must be stopped," he said.

He recalled how the anti-liberation elements had distorted history and created criminals like "Bangla Bhai" and Shaik Abdur Rahman.

"They had also exploded 500 bombs in a near simultaneous attack across the country when they were in power," he reminded the nation.

Speaking as chief guest at the seminar, Awami League Presidium Member and Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, MP, echoed the information minister and said the entire world has recognized the current Bangladesh Parliament through the holding of the Inter-

Parliamentary Union (IPU) conference in Dhaka and electing an incumbent legislator, Saber Hossain Chowdhury, to its chair and

also choosing the current speaker of the Bangladesh Parliament, Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury, as the chairperson of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).

Tofail also discussed at length the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India and said it would be a great success.

"We've successfully concluded the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord, the 30-year Ganges' Water Treaty, demarcated the land boundary and settled the maritime boundary issues with India and Myanmar, which both the countries accepted".

Pointing to the BNP, Tofail said, "When in power what did they do for protecting Bangladesh's interest vis-a-vis India?

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"I had forgotten about it was the reply of Begum Zia when asked about the Ganges Water Treaty on her return from India as the prime minister, "he recalled.

Tofail expressed the hope that other treaties concerning Bangladesh's interest like the Ganges Barrage Project and the Teesta Water Sharing issue would also be signed under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Others who spoke on the occasion, included JSD leader and former legislator Shah Md Jikrul, JSD General Secretary Shirin Akhter

MP and Mohammad Shafiqur Rahman, president of the Jatiya Press Club.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)