‘Khaleda not getting due respect in Bangladesh'

Bangla Tribune Report
Published : 22:29, Aug 02, 2019 | Updated : 22:31, Aug 02, 2019

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia is not getting the respect she deserves, said Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) chief Oli Ahmed.
“Even though she got due respect from the Pakistani army, she isn’t getting from the people of this country [Bangladesh],” he said during a media call on Friday (Aug 2).
He attributed the Pakistani army’s respect towards her to General Niazi who was BNP founder Major Ziaur Rahman’s first chief in the army.
Saying that the incumbent government is not likely to stay in power, he said, “It’s because they have been elected by 200,000 police and not the people.”
He said that the police no longer respect the lawmakers and politicians as they have not been elected by the people.
The LDP chief said that the War of Liberation could not have been won without the army.
“Wars are not won with lectures at Suhrawardy Udyan,” he said and added that Khaleda should’ve been given the respect due to the fact that the 8th regiment was started with her husband Ziaur Rahman.
“I would like to request the Supreme Court justices that they take into consideration Khaleda Zia’s age and contributions and Ziaur Rahman’s contributions and grant her bail so that she can avail treatment.”
He called on the people to be more active in the movement for Khaleda’s freedom but to do so in a way that does not harm the country.
Criticising the prime minister for being in London amidst the dengue crisis and the administration’s failure to bring mosquito repellent medicines, he added, “If I were a lawmaker I’d bring the medicines in 10 years.”