Information Minister Hasan Mahmud yesterday said BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Rizvi Ahmed showed disrespect to law, by calling upon Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to take initiatives to release BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.
“Begum Zia is in jail according to the verdict of the court; Rizvi cannot urge the prime minister to intervene in the court's order. This is complete disrespect to law,” said the minister.
He was speaking as the chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of “Amar Ekhshey Boi Mela” on gymnasium premises of MA Aziz stadium in the afternoon, with Chattogram City Corporation Mayor AJM Nasir Uddin in the chair.
BNP should continue their legal battle but they should not do any such thing that might make the people lose faith in them, he added.
About the book fair, Hasan said such fair would help people get back to their habit of reading.
“I will request parents and guardians to give books to their children instead of smartphones; youths of this time should develop the habit of reading to be successful...,” said Hasan. Books would help children stay away from the negative impact of internet, he added.
The book fair began on gymnasium premises of MA Aziz stadium and will continue till the end of this month. A total of 110 publishers -- of which 55 are from Chattogram and 55 from Dhaka -- have set their stalls in the fair.