Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said people of the country do not want to see the party of killers, war criminals, anti-Liberation War forces and arson terrorists in power again as they will only destroy the country.
“They'll just destroy the country if they can manage to return to power. We don't want to go back to the path of destruction; we want to take the path of prosperity,” she said.
The PM was speaking at a programme at her official residence Gono Bhaban where some 307 retired senior public servants, including former chairmen of different commissions, senior secretaries and secretaries, expressed their solidarity with the pro-liberation forces under the leadership of Awami League.
Sheikh Hasina said no one wants to go through horrible days like that of 2014 when the BNP-Jamaat alliance unleashed a reign of terror through arson attacks. “People of Bangladesh don't want arson attacks, Bangla Bhai, militancy, money-laundering, corruption, drugs, arms and terrorist activities,” she said.
She said the government wants a free and neutral election in the country. “To make that happen, I agreed to hold dialogue with other parties although I experienced a lot of humiliation from them. We want all parties to participate in the coming election.”
She said if Awami League cannot form the next government, it will not be possible to complete the on-going development projects.
Freedom fighter Abu Taher of BCS 73 batch; former secretaries, including SM Ali; former DGHS Director General Dr Deen Mohammad; agriculturist Wasiuzzaman Akand; and former Ambassador Abdul Hannan also spoke on the occasion.
In his welcome address, former Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury said the retired officials were expressing spontaneous support to and solidarity with the pro-liberation forces, led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He said they also believe that Awami League, having faith in the spirit of the Liberation War, will surely come out successful.