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No talks with 'killers,' says Hasina
She vows to give BNP agitation a befitting reply
Publish Date : 2014-10-04,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 81
Special Correspondent
Prime Minister Sheikh HasinaPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina in response to opposition leader Khaleda Zia's call for launching a tough anti-government movement after Eid holidays said that the government will not hesitate to take a strong stand to resist the anarchy.
When asked to comment on the BNP chairpersons resent statement that there has to be dialogue with BNP the Prime Minister asserted that there will be no dialogue with the 'killers.' She asked the questioner, "Will you talk to anyone who killed your parents or tried to kill you in a grenade attack?"
Hasina was speaking at a crowded press conference on Friday at Ganabhaban, the official residence of the Prime Minister, on her return after attending the 69th UNGA in New York from September 22 to 28.
The outcome of her visit to United States was a great success, she remarked.
Elaborating the world leader's opinion, she said that Bangladesh has become a "role model" for most developing nations.
When her attention was drawn to the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader's announcement at a public meeting in Jamalpur that a tough anti-government movement would be launched and at the same time demanded of the government to sit for a dialogue immediately to avoid the wrath of the opposition, she smiled and said her government would play rough and tough with the opposition's anarchy.
Hasina instead asked what does she (Khaleda) want out of the anti-government movement, to kill more people?
Khaleda told a crowd at Jamalpur recently that the movement would be to force Awami League to hold a fresh election rejecting the results of the January 5 national election.
Hasina said the people have rejected her "politics of violence" as they have witnessed her party's lawlessness and mayhem last year.
She urged the people to unite against the conspiracy of BNP-Jamaat alliance to destabilise the democratic progress, which has been attained only by her government.
Without naming Tarique Rahman, the Prime Minister indicated that the "child-prodigy" of Khaleda has been engaged in a mission to systematically distort the history of Bangladesh, the Liberation War and Bangabandu's glorious role for the emancipation of the downtrodden people.
She warned that such conspiracy would not be tolerated and hoped that the new generation, who have fresh blood would obviously resist befittingly.
Regarding her UNGA success, she said Bangladesh's participation at the UNGA has created scope to consolidate the country's image globally and was able to highlight the government's multifaceted successes in national and international arena.
The bilateral relations between Bangladesh and India were very cordial and warm. She described the first-ever meeting between her and Nerandra Modi as result-oriented one. Hasina and her Indian counterpart Modi held their maiden bilateral meeting in New York on September 27.
Bangladesh's Prime Minister Hasina and her Indian counterpart Modi discussed at length different issues of mutual interest including the Land Boundary Agreement (LBA) and Teesta Water Sharing Treaty and she was hopeful that there would be positive results very soon.
Hasina sought India's collaboration in establishing transit facilities with Nepal and Bhutan for multimodal connectivity for trade, commerce and people to people contacts.
At the meeting Modi lauded the dynamic leadership of Hasina, saying "Bangabandhu founded Bangladesh, while his daughter saved the country."
Apart from holding bilateral meetings, the Bangladesh's Prime Minister addressed the UNGA on September 27 where she highlighted issues like world peace and security, international terrorism, militancy, good governance, women empowerment, ICT sector development, enhancing cooperation to face global warming and environmental pollution, progress of millennium development goal and Bangladesh's position to achieve sustainable development.
Sheikh Hasina joined the Climate Summit at the invitation of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on September 23. As many as one hundred representatives from across the globe including US President Barak Obama, US former Vice-President Al Gore and delegates from China, Japan and European countries joined the summit.
She also joined a lunch hosted by the UN Secretary General at the high level meeting of Global Education First Initiative (GEFI) on September 24. South Korean President and US First Lady Michelle Obama, among others, attended the meeting.
The Prime Minister also held meetings with the US entrepreneurs and investors on September 25 when she urged them to come forward to invest in Bangladesh taking advantage of its investment friendly policy.
On September 26, the Prime Minister joined a high-level summit on UN Peacekeeping at the UN Headquarters where she reaffirmed Bangladesh's unequivocal support to the UN Secretary General's strategic review on peacekeeping by providing rapid help at all times.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina co-chaired a session of the summit with US Vice-President Joe Baiden.
On September 27, the government organized a function at the UN HQ marking the 40th anniversary of Bangladesh's membership to the United Nations, where world leaders attended the event.

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