Keep anti-liberation forces away from power: PM
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday urged all to remain alert so that the anti-liberation forces can never come to power.
“This independence was earned at the cost of the blood of tens of thousands of people. Those who want to foil our independence should never come to power,” she said while addressing a discussion in the city’s Krishibid Institution auditorium.
The Prime Minister further said, “The country shouldn’t be of militancy, anti-liberation forces and war criminals…it should be built based on the ideology of freedom fighters.”
Awami League arranged the discussion marking the 48thIndependence and National Day.
The Prime Minister said it is internationally recognised that her family members are not involved in any corruption though Awami League is now in power.“Coming to power, BNP hired a special agency to level corruption charges against me, my sister (Sheikh Rehana), and my son and daughter. But it found nothing,” she said, adding that BNP made Bangladesh the world champion in corruption for five times.
In an oblique reference to Nobel Laureate Dr MuhammadYunus, she said he had also made an attempt in the US to find if there was any corruption against her family members.
Without mentioning his name, Hasina said he stopped the World Bank’s fund for the Padma Bridge project. “They tried to put corruption blame on us. I also threw a challenge and told them to prove it. But they couldn’t prove it… the Canadian Federal Court dismissed all the allegations as false,” she said.
Hasina criticised the Khaleda Zia’s family, saying they indulged in corruption and money-laundering after assuming power. “Their money-laundering incidents were proved in foreign courts -- in Canada and Singapore.”
Talking about the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case, she said although the fund came for orphans in 1991, it was embezzled without giving a single penny to them.
The Prime Minister said the court meted out punishment to the BNP chief and the government has nothing to do in this regard. “Had we had any intention to arrest her (Khaleda), We could have done so when the fire terrorism was unleashed.”
She said her government’s only goal is to reach benefits of the independence to every doorstep across the country.
Hasina said they want to work not for their personal gain but for making the country’s people wealthy and improving their lifestyle. “We want to work so that no one remains homeless and hungry and dies without treatment.”
She said Bangladesh is now a digital country. “The government also has a plan to launch Bangabandhu-II Satellite and Bangabandhu-III Satellite into the orbit in the future. We’re launching a satellite now. The longevity of Bangabandhu-I satellite will be 15 years.”
AL senior leaders Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Syed Ashraful Islam, Engineer Mosharraf Hossain and Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, National University Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Harun-or-Rashid and Sociology Professor at Dhaka University DrSadeka Halim, among others, spoke at the programme. Source:unb.