The BNP yesterday strongly criticised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her “taking responsibility” of the family of Narayanganj Awami League lawmaker Shamim Osman, who according to the BNP, is widely involved in criminal activities, including killing and abduction.
“By taking responsibility of the Osman family, the prime minister has taken the responsibility of protecting all godfathers of the country involved in killings and abductions,” BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told a book launch at the capital's Jatiya Press Club.
While speaking on a condolence motion on Shamim's elder brother and Jatiya Party MP Nasim Osman in parliament on June 3, Hasina said if necessary, she would take the responsibility of the Osmans. The Osman family has been targeted since the tenure of Yahya Khan in Pakistan and the successive governments in Bangladesh after 1975, she said.
Pointing to Hasina's statements, Fakhrul said in the past she sided with heinous "godfathers" like Zoynal Hazari of Feni and Abu Taher of Laxmipur and supported their criminal activities.
“The so-called government's prime minister has expressed her support to godfathers like Shamim Osman at a time when killing, forced disappearance, and abduction are going on countrywide," he said, adding the premier's statement had exposed the present government's “character” clearly.
He said the government wanted to stay in power at any cost. “That's why the Hasina government is patronising killers and godfathers.” But the people dethroned repressive and autocratic governments through movement in the past, and they would do it again, Fakhrul added.
Saying that more allegations will be levelled against Sheikh Hasina after identifying the conspirators of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman's killing, party office secretary Rizvi Ahmed yesterday questioned why Zia was assassinated within 13 days of Hasina's return in Bangladesh.
At a press conference at BNP's Nayapaltan headquarters, he referred to a report published a few years ago in an Indian newspaper and questioned why Hasina had tried to cross the border on the day of killing of Zia wearing a burqa.
Rizvi also asked Hasina to stay alter from AL leaders who are now blasting the BNP and Zia family, saying, “Those who used to praise late Sheikh Mujibur Rahman became important ministers in the Moshtaq cabinet.”