Update November 9, 2015

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No talks with killers : PM Hasina

Sumel Sarker

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No talks with killers : PM Hasina

09 November 2015, Nirapad News: Rejecting BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s call for a national dialogue, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said she has no intention to sit for talks with ‘killers’.

“Bangladesh has not yet sunk to such a dismal state that we have to sit [for talks] with those who burn people to death,” she said at a press conference at the Ganabhaban on Sunday.

Khaleda will be ‘eligible’ for a dialogue only when she agrees that war criminals should be tried, the prime minister remarked.

In a statement on Thursday, the BNP chairperson, who has been in London for over a month and a half, called for a national dialogue to rid the country of an ‘existing crisis’.

On hearing this, Hasina recalled her telephone conversation with Khaleda in 2013 and said, “You know what kind of words I had to tolerate.”

Referring to her abortive visit to Khaleda’s house after the latter’s younger son Arafat Rahman Coco died, the prime minister said, “If you go to someone’s house and they slam the door on you, will you still sit with them for talks?”

Hasina said Khaleda should first stop ‘burning people to death’ and sever ties with the Jamaat-e-Islami.

Hasina held the BNP chief responsible for the deaths in arson attacks around the Jan 5 polls in 2014 and its first anniversary and said, “Please, don’t ask me to sit with that killer. I will feel the stench of burning flesh the moment I sit with her.”

She also held Khaleda and her son Tarique Rahman — both currently in London – responsible for the recent killings and attacks in Bangladesh.

“When a group saw nothing happening in their favour even after burning people to death, they resorted to assassinations.

“Khaleda Zia killed people to create the ‘prevailing situation’,” Hasina alleged.

The press conference was held to brief the media on the prime minister’s just-concluded visit to the
Netherlands. All the state-run media units broadcast the program live.

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