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12:00 AM, September 26, 2011 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, September 26, 2011

Ensure peace at home first

Fakhrul asks PM on her global peace model

BNP Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday urged the prime minister to ensure peace in the country before going for global peace.
"It's funny that the prime minister is presenting a peace model while people are crushed under police boots in the country and the destitute scavenge for food in dustbins," he said at a meeting at Institution of Diploma Engineers in the capital.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday presented the peace model at the 66th UN General Assembly at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
At the meeting organised by BNP's front organisation Jatiyatabadi Swechchasebok Dal, Dhaka unit (north), Fakhrul said, "I was smiling to myself while watching the news. I am telling the prime minister to look after her home first."
About 40 percent people are under the poverty line and democracy did not get any institutional shape. Even a lawyer has recently been killed after his arrest and attacks on political opponents are common phenomena, noted the opposition leader.
"Under the circumstances, the prime minister was offering peace proposals to other countries of the world."
Fakhrul said 33 percent of youths cast their votes in the last election. The government gave them hope through vision 2021 and promised to ensure job for at least one member of each family but failed to keep it.
Criticising the government for "torturing Jamaat leader ATM Azharul Islam in custody", he said it cannot be a practice of democracy.

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