NEWS FLASH DESK
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reissued a strong warning against the wrongdoers,
saying that law will take its own course against those who will commit crimes. BSS.
“The law will take its own course against criminals whoever might be and
whichever party they belong,” she said when expatriate Bangladeshis living in
Azerbaijan called on her at Hotel Hilton Baku here yesterday evening.
The prime minister said: “You’ve seen that it (action) is continuing. If
any of our party man is indulged in crime, he or she is getting punishment
Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League President, said the criminals are just
criminals. “We’ll see criminals as criminals and we’re trying to see that,”
The prime minister thinks that to give lesson to others, it should start
from own house. “I’m doing that (drive against corruption) and I’m continuing
it,” she said.
Referring to unbridled corruption committed by the then BNP-Jamaat
government, she said there was no limit of graft during their five-year
Sheikh Hasina said a vested quarter is committing heinous crimes by
spreading rumours on various issues.
Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM
Khalid and Bangladesh Ambassador to Turkey M. Allama Siddiki, who is also
concurrently accredited to Azerbaijan, were present on the dais.
Replying to a question from an expatriate about better treatment of BNP
Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia, the prime minister said the BNP leader is
getting more facilities than other prisoners.
“A maid servant is serving jail due to willingness of Begum Zia. That means
she (maid servant) is now in prison to provide services to the BNP leader,”
The prime minister said in the history or any country, there is no such
instance of keeping an innocent maid servant in jail by a convict. “Khaleda
Zia is receiving that facilities,” the prime minister said.
Sheikh Hasina said the BNP chairperson is now undergoing treatment at
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital and she has been
given a separate cabin there.
The prime minister said the BNP men are saying that she (Khaleda Zia) is
sick. “I said that they could wage movement for her release,” she added.
“They (BNP) could not wage any movement or build up public opinion in this
regard and they failed to do it,” she said. “But we’ve nothing to do and what
can we do to this end?” she questioned.
Sheikh Hasina said Begum Khaleda Zia has been convicted in a case filed
during the last caretaker government. “Some more cases against her are
pending,” she said.
The prime minister said two sons of the BNP leader has been convicted in
money laundering cases, August 21 grenade attack case and 10-truck arms haul
Sheikh Hasina said her government is continuing action against terrorism,
corruption and drugs. “We’re getting very good results from the drives …
narcotics destroy a person and family,” she said.
“Overall, I’m trying my best and as long as I remain in power I continue
work for the country,” she said.
While talking about the Rohingya issue, the prime minister said discussion
is underway with Myanmar to solve the problem. “We’ve constructed houses for
one lakh Rohingya families in Bhashanchar …however, many NGOs don’t want
they (Rohingyas) move to the island,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina spelled out the country’s tremendous development in various
sectors including health, education, ICT and social safety net.
“Bangladesh is now a role model of development in the world due to this
success,” she said.
The prime minister also recalled the contributions of the expatriates to
the country’s socioeconomic development.
Sheikh Hasina said the government has so far purchased 10 aircraft from
Boeing for enhancing air connectivity with different countries.
“We’ve taken initiatives to procure two more Boein