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12:00 AM, May 17, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, May 17, 2008

Free Hasina before dialogue

AL reiterates demand

The key leaders of Awami League yesterday said the party will not participate in the government-proposed dialogue and the parliamentary election without detained party chief Sheikh Hasina.
They asked the government for immediate and unconditional release of Hasina before the dialogue to make it fruitful.
The AL leaders were addressing the Dhaka divisional representatives' council of Jubo Mohila League at the party central office at Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital.
Jubo Mohila League President Nazma Akter presided over the council, which was participated by its central leaders and presidents and general secretaries of 17 districts of Dhaka division.
Speaking at the programme, AL presidium member Amir Hossain Amu said Sheikh Hasina's unconditional release ahead of the dialogue is their only demand at the moment.
“Awami League can only participate in the dialogue along with its president Sheikh Hasina after her release. There is no alternative to it,” he said, adding that their demand for the release of Hasina has now become “a national demand.”
Amu, however, said they would decide whether to join the government-sponsored dialogue after consulting with its allies in the 14-party combine and after getting Hasina's nod.
He said conspiracy is on to hold election keeping Hasina behind the bars by filing “false and baseless cases” against her.
Presidium member Abdur Razzaq said they will launch a tough movement to free Hasina. He urged the party men to get united and take preparation for joining the movement.
Tofail Ahmed, another presidium member, said they will not join the dialogue and also the election without Sheikh Hasina. “Dialogue won't be fruitful and the election won't be acceptable without Sheikh Hasina,” he said.
He demanded withdrawal of the state of emergency and said election under the emergency would not acceptable to the countrymen.
Presidium member Motia Chowdhury demanded unconditional release of Hasina before the dialogue and said only Hasina's presence can make the dialogue successful, otherwise not.
AL leaders Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Abdul Mannan, Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Advocate Sahara Khatun, Advocate Quamrul Islam and Dr Dipu Moni also spoke at the programme.

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