Senior Cabinet member Obaidul Quader said that no matter how much one apologises, the people will not forgive those who slander Noor Hossain -- the young pro-democracy activist whose death sparked an uprising that overthrew Jatiya Party founder HM Ershad's autocratic regime.
His remarks came on Tuesday (Nov 12) while addressing an audience during Jubo League’s Dhaka South unit council.
Previously on Sunday (Nov 10), JP Secretary General Mashiur Rahman Ranga during a discussion at the party chief’s office, termed Noor Hossain as “a drug-addict, hooked on yaba, phensedyl,"
Ranga went on to issue and apology to Noor Hossain’s family on Tuesday.
“Don’t cross the limit by vindictive criticisms. No apologies come to use once the tongue slips,” Qauader said referring to Ranga’s comments and subsequent apologies.
“The nation knows that through Noor Hossain’s murder, they tried to murder democracy. That Noor Hossain has been obscenely slammed,” he said.
Reiterating that apologies are of no use in these circumstances, the road transport and bridges minister called on everyone to refrain from making these remarks that are polluting the political atmosphere.
Warning against slandering Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said, “Slandering her will hurt the sentiments of the people of Bangladesh. They won’t forgive.”
Quader, who serves as the ruling Awami League general secretary said that BNP founder Ziaur Rahman sheltered the assassins of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahaman in 1975 and the party leaders conspired to have Hasina killed in the Aug 21 grenade attack in 2004.
“They [BNP] still stay that Hasina will go the same way as Mujib. Let us be very clear, we have tolerated enough,” he lashed out.
He added that the prime minister has cleansed the country of the shame through the trials of Sheikh Mujib’s and the four national leaders’ killers and the war criminals.