Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia has appealed to the nation’s Supreme Court to stay the trial proceedings of the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.
AB Siddiqui, president of the pro-Awami League Jananetri Parishad, filed the case against the 70-year-old former prime minister at the Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court.
Speaking at a discussion on December 21 last year, 70-year-old Zia had “expressed doubts” about the casualty figures of the 1971 liberation war.
Calling on the Prime Minister, Zia told Modi that there was no democracy in the country and stressed that to ensure “actual development” in Bangladesh, voices of the people must be heard.
Suspected BNP activists also torched some 18 vehicles across the country and attacked a government office.
Warrant for Zia’s arrest should not put the brakes on dialogue in Bangladesh.
BNP said the shutdown would be effective throughout the country from 6 am (local time) on Sunday.
Unless BNP calls off agitation, owns up for the violence, talks seem unlikely.
The opposition has been demanding midterm elections since it boycotted the divisive polls last year.
“There has been no electricity since 2:37am (local time)…they have cut the line,” an aide of Zia said.
However, Hasina’s aides reacted sharply to the apparent snub, calling the behaviour “inhumane”.
Authorities have announced a bounty on people involved in street violence that has claimed 30 lives.
The warring leaders should end their feud for Bangladesh’s sake.
Sheikh Hasina’s government must not undercut itself by blotting out the opposition in Bangladesh.
Zia remained cordoned off inside her office since last night with police forces deployed outside.