Update November 4, 2015

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Militants out to snuff dissidence: Inu

Sumel Sarker

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Militants out to snuff dissidence: Inu

04 November 2015,Nirapad News: In the backdrop of attacks on progressive publishers by unnamed militants, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, sporting a black badge, told a crowded press conference at the conference room of Press Information Department (PID) here today.

“Backed by BNP and Jamaat, the militants were trying to snuff all rationalist and dissident voices in our society in a planned and systematic way.

“The government, on its part, is fully committed to eliminating this menace. We will leave no stone unturned to locate them,” he said.

Inu blamed Khaleda Zia and her wayward son for backing these militants. “It comes at a time when the verdicts of some war criminals were at the final stages of execution. The coincidence, surely, is not lost by anybody,” he said.

Responding to criticism by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia about a lack of democracy in the country, Inu said, “This sounds rather discordant, coming as it does, from the wife of a military dictator and mother of Tarique Rahman of Hawa Bhaban notoriety.”

“Besides, what is she complaining about? Her party is still active. They are speaking at public meetings and all that is being reported in the media. What else does she want?” he said.

Explaining further Inu said, “If by democracy she means a system where her party is permanently in power then that is something we cannot help.”

“Indeed it is a strange definition of democracy which thrives when she wins and goes AWOL when she loses. This is ridiculous,” he remarked.

Besides, the press here is vibrant and the judiciary independent — if this is not democracy, what is? He asked rhetorically.

The minister also charged that the “mother-son” duo now residing in London was in contact with international terrorist organizations to destabilize the government and destroy the state. “We will not allow it,” he said emphatically.

In this connection, the information minister also referred to the meeting of Tarique Zia with Dawood Ibrahim, a well-known international terrorist and said to be the mastermind of the Bombay bombings, in Dubai, which was widely publicized in the international media. “It has gone even further now,” he said.

Rubbishing BNP claims that it was the government who was to blame for terrorism including the current spate of killings in the country, Inu said, “How come ‘Bangla Bhai’ emerged during your rule? How come 500 bombs went off in a day also during your tenure? That was directly under your supervision and there is enough evidence and first-person witnesses to those days of terror.”

He also referred to the grenade attack on Sheikh Hasina on 21st August 2004 and the ten trucks’ arms’ haul in Chittagong.

Criticizing countries that set the red alert, recently, he said, “How come they did not do it after 500 bombs went off in a day or Bangla Bhai openly paraded with arms in Rajshahi under the guidance of the police super.

“If that is not enough reason for a red alert, then why do they have to announce one now? Surely, the situation is not as bad,” he observed.

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