Target killings to raise questions:PM
29 May 2015, Nirapad News: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has held the BNP and its allies responsible for the recent target killings
in Bangladesh which she says are aimed to destabilise the country and foil the war crimes trials.
Speaking at a reception in the Japanese capital by the Bangladeshi community, Hasina said the BNP has resorted to target killings
after failing to wage an anti-government movement.
“They murdered innocent people, priests, church father and foreign nationals to draw global attention so that questions can be raised against Bangladesh,” she told the audience at a Tokyo hotel on Sunday.
“Our former foreign minister Dipu Moni’s first cousin and his friend were killed inside his apartment,” said Hasina referring to the murder of gay rights activist Xulhaz Mannan and his theatre activist friend Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy in Dhaka.
“He worked for the US embassy and then joined the USAID. We shared the same ideology. They were murdered so that the Americans can raise questions,” she said.
The prime minister said the sole objective of the targeted killings was to destabilise the country and to hinder the war crimes trials.
She, however, vowed to press on with the trial. “It’s the people’s desire. The people of Bangladesh are being freed from the stigma.”
On the execution of Motiur Rahman Nizami and Ali Ahsan Md Mujahid—Cabinet members during the BNP’s 2001-6 term, Hasina said, “The war criminals were given the flag of Bangladesh by making them ministers. Both of them have been brought to justice.”