Discipline, no anarchy
The main opposition BNP has asked the government to disclose all facts regarding the plot to topple it after conducting a fair probe into it.
The party has also urged all members of the armed forces to uphold unity, solidarity and discipline at any cost.
“The government has thrown its credibility into question by providing incomplete information before the completion of the probe and spewing propaganda against the opposition ahead of its Dhaka rally,” said BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir.
He was speaking at a press conference at the party chairperson's political office at Gulshan in the city. It was the BNP's first official reaction to the army's announcement that it had “foiled a conspiracy to topple the government.”
Addressing all members of the armed forces, he said, “Do not walk into a trap. We do not want any division, rashness or anarchy in the armed forces. We do not want to see any conflict or clash in army barracks, or hear the cries of a mother, a widow or a father.”
He thanked Almighty Allah that no bloodshed had happened, and that the civil administration and constitutional process prevailed in the country.
“The game of blaming one another will not bring any success to anyone. It will rather result in a deterioration in the situation.”
Alamgir alleged that the ruling party wanted to use the existing situation to further its own interests. He urged people in the government not to use the army for their petty party interests.
“The army's statement on Thursday is a reflection of the government's thoughts. The details of the failed coup were not provided. It did not even mention the names of the members of the court of inquiry.”
Asked whether Khaleda Zia had hinted at such an event through her allegation of the disappearance of army officers, Alamgir said she wanted to know about the matter from the government as “such information” was available in the media and on blogs.
It may be recalled that the BNP chairperson alleged at a Chittagong rally on January 9 that army officers had been disappearing.
Alamgir blamed ruling party leaders and the Indian media for carrying out propaganda implicating the BNP in the incident. He said the BNP always believed in a hand over of power through a free and fair election with the support of the people.
He also accused the Awami League of supporting army intervention in politics in 1975, 1982 and 2007.
When a reporter inquired whether the BNP wanted to have a discussion in parliament on the incident, he said the party's standing committee and parliamentary party would decide on the matter.
BNP standing committee members Moudud Ahmed, Nazrul Islam Khan, Dr Moyeen Khan, Jamiruddin Sircar and Mirza Abbas, party vice chairman Shamsher Mobin Chowdhury, and chairperson's adviser Osman Farruk were also present.