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“We’re ready to sit with the government anytime” BNP told the EP delegation

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European Union Parliamentary delegation’s meeting with BNP chief Khaleda Zia, at Gulshan office

18 February 2015, Nirapad News: The BNP  told on Tuesday to the visiting delegation of the European Parliament’s Sub-committee on Human Rights that, they are ready to sit in dialogue with the government to resolve the ongoing political crisis. The party also told the EP team that the government is carrying out subversive acts with its agents only to malign opposition’s ongoing movement.

“Having an unelected government in power is the main reason behind the current political crisis. So we’ve made our position clear that we want to resolve the ongoing political deadlock through talks. We’re ready to sit with the government anytime,” BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan who was present at the meeting said.

However, neither side officially briefed the press about the outcomes of the meeting. Contacted, Khan said they elaborately informed the EP team with facts and documents about the government’s repression, extrajudicial killings, wholesale arrest and violation of human rights by the government. He said they also made their position clear about their ongoing democratic movement and its justification.

About the ongoing violence during their movement, Nazrul Islam Khan said they told the delegation that the government party are behind such activities to defame their agitation. He also said the BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia repeatedly called upon the government to investigate and punish those involved in such violence. “But the government is not doing that as their party men are involved in the subversive acts. The government also did not take action against the real culprits behind the violence before the January-5 election for the same reason.”

Instead of carrying out investigation, Khan said, the government is arresting people sweepingly, torturing them and illegally killing people which is not acceptable. He said they are deadly against the ongoing political violence and they are regularly condemning it.

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