India genuine friend
Terming India a genuine friend of Bangladesh, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday hoped that India would not back any government or force that oppresses people.
“India is not only a neighbour but a genuine friend. We will hope that India will stay beside the people of Bangladesh,” Fakhrul told a gathering at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh (IEB) in Dhaka.
Fakhrul made the remarks a day after India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said her government would give full support to Sheikh Hasina's government in its drive against militants.
BNP organised the gathering as a part of its countrywide protests against the mass arrests of "party supporters". He alleged that the recent countrywide “wholesale arrests” were nothing but an attempt to divert people's attention from the government's failure in curbing secret and targeted killings and rise of militant activities. Out of around 14,000 arrested during the crackdown, 179 are claimed to be militants; so it is evident that the government did not identify the real criminals and put the blame on the opposition men, Fakhrul claimed.