Echoing a recent statement of the High Court, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader yesterday said the government did not like extrajudicial killings.
“The home ministry has made the incident of Nayan Bond’s killing clear describing it as an encounter. Encounter and crossfire are not similar. We do not like extrajudicial killings,” Quader said while addressing a press conference at the AL chief’s Dhanmondi office in the capital.
Earlier, the HC said that the law enforcers must be more careful so that extrajudicial killings do not take place.
“Everyone must be given the legal protection provided by the law,” it said on Thursday.
Asked about hike in gas prices, Quader said, “There are some logical reasons for hiking the gas price. However, it is the government’s matter whether it will be reconsidered.”
Expressing his personal opinion in this regard, Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said there was no scope to reconsider the decision of increasing the prices as the government was providing a lot of subsidies in this sector.
Otherwise, the government will have to count more subsidies, he said, calling upon all to accept the decision.
Responding to another query over the PM’s China visit, he said, “We will knock at the door of those who will come forward with investment for the development of our country.”
Quader said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Chinese President Xi Jinping were putting emphasis on the Rohingya issue.
“Mounting pressure on Myanmar over the Rohingya issue is very important and they [China] have given us their assurance of putting pressure on Myanmar to repatriate its nationals with due dignity,” he said.
Referring to the BNP’s reaction to a Pabna court’s verdict on the attack on a train carrying the then opposition leader Sheikh Hasina, Quader said, “BNP terms court verdicts fabricated whenever the judgements go against the party. It is nothing new. They speak according to their tradition and always try to shift blame on the government.”
About BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s stay at hospital, he said, “It is the matter of the court whether she [Khaleda] will be staying in the hospital or in the jail.”
“She [Khaleda] did not seek release from jail on parole. If she had done it, we could have talks held over the issue,” he said.
“After all, she needs to stay healthy first. She will stay at the hospital until she recovers fully,” the AL leader added.