DHAKA, Jan 19, 2017(BSS)-Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, MP, said today that there could be no compromise between the 'democratic club and militant club.'
The minister was speaking at a meeting at the Jatiya Press Club organised by the Bangladesher Samyabadi Dal (Marxist-Leninist) to commemorate the 49th death anniversary of Asad, the first martyr of the 1969 movement that ended the autocratic rule of General Ayub Khan and paved the way for democracy and the War of Liberation , two years later, in 1971.
The minister said that compromise with the "militant club" would be suicidal for democracy and it is not an option for democrats.
He further said that there were two trends in Bangladesh politics - one, a democratic and progressive trend led by Sheikh Hasina and the other of militancy led by Begum Khaleda Zia". "The two cannot meet," he added.
Calling on Khaleda Zia to abandon her association with militants first, the minister said "Only after you have disassociated with the militants could we have dialogue, otherwise there can be no dialogue,"
He also reminded Khaleda that dialogue, democracy could not be a plea to rationalize the militancy.
He appealed to the people to eliminate the militants and their patrons before the elections and said otherwise there will be many more Holy Artisans, Sholakias, killing of writers and foreigners.
Syed Abul Maksud, an eminent intellectual was the special guest at the function while leaders of the Samyabadi Dal also spoke on the occasion.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)