Joy blasts civil society
14 February 2015, Nirapad News: ICT Affairs adviser to the prime minister, Sajeeb Wazed Joy, has criticized the civil society citing they are indirectly helping terrorists who are burning people alive. He came up with the outrage in his latest status on his official Facebook page, posted around 5pm on Friday.
In the status, he said BNP-Jamaat terrorists have been setting innocent civilians, including women and children on fire, burning them alive.
Son of the prime minister Sheikh Hasina also termed the violent activities “a heinous and horrific act.” He asked the civil society members to first call out the persons responsible for the ongoing violence by name and demand to Khaleda Zia to stop burning people alive unconditionally.
“If you do not have the courage to say that, then keep your mouth shut,” he told the civil society. He categorically said by demanding dialogue, the civil society is giving these terrorists hope that their tactics might work. “You are trying to divert blame away from them by blaming both sides,” he added.
The BNP led political alliance has been enforcing a blockade and general strike since Jan 5. So far more than 70 people have died from petrol bombs. Many more have been injured.
Following the ongoing unrest, a platform of civil society members sent letters to President Abdul Hamid, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Monday, urging them to take steps to initiate talks to end the political unrest that has already claimed about 70 lives in over a month.
The BNP appeared to welcome the initiative because it is in harmony with their current demand, the ruling Awami League gave the matter a cold shoulder. Senior ministers and ruling party leaders expressed suspicion that the platform might be serving their rival’s agenda.