Rallies against Khaleda, Pakistan

February 16, 2016 12:37 am | Updated September 12, 2016 09:47 pm IST - DHAKA:

The ruling 14-party alliance held rallies across Bangladesh on Monday protesting what they saw a “link” between Khaleda Zia’s recent remarks and Pakistan’s denial of 1971 military atrocities.

Joined by most central leaders of the parties, the rallies came down heavily on the BNP Chairperson whose recent remarks on the number of people killed during the 1971 War has been widely criticised. The rallies chanted the slogan, ‘ Pakistani Khaleda, Pakistan-e chole ja ’, — Pakistani Khaleda, go back to Pakistan.

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed alleged that Pakistan was attempting to undermine Bangladesh’s achievements “just as it did in 1971”. “We are astonished that Khaleda Zia takes exactly the same view of the 1971 war as Pakistan. While Pakistan disparages the war crimes trials, Khaleda questions the number of Bangalees martyred during the war.” “This proves that Khaleda is pushing Pakistan’s agenda,” he alleged. A series of court cases were already filed against Ms. Zia for questioning the liberation war martyrs number.

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