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Unity can't be forged with terrorists and killers: Hanif

The Daily Dawn

Awami League joint general secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif yesterday said unity of any sort can't be forged with the terrorists and patrons of secret killings.

"We can't forge unity with the terrorists in the name of national unity. You are saying in favour of national unity on one hand and you are sheltering and patronising the secret killers on the other. It can't be," he said referring to BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia's recent call for national unity.

Hanif said this while speaking as the chief guest at a meeting in the city. Dhaka City South and North units of Awami League (AL) organised the extended meeting at AL central office at Bangabandhu Avenue to observe successfully the programmes of party's 67th founding anniversary on June 23.

Dhaka City South AL general secretary Shahe Alam Murad chaired the meeting, also addressed, among others, by AL organising secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Food Minister Advocate Quamrul Islam and Dhaka City North AL general secretary Sadek Khan.

Calling upon BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia to sever relations with Jamaat, Hanif said, "If you have any obligation with the people you will surely sever relations with the killers of 1971. You are calling for national unity on one hand and you are extending support to the terrorist on the other. It can't be. Stop patronising the secret killers. Then we will think whether we can forge unity with you or not."

He alleged that at a time when the country has been marching ahead in the community of nations under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina,

BNP along with its ally Jamaat have started secret killings to hinder development activities by destabilising the country.

Advocate Quamrul Islam said, "The BNP-Jamaat combine has direct assistance to the continuous secret killings across the country and they are the main financer of militancy. All out effective initiatives should be taken to uproot militancy."

"Such secret killings have been carried out to prove Bangladesh as an ineffective state where lives of the minorities are not safe," the minister said adding: "The BNP-Jamaat combine is trying to give a negative impression about Bangladesh to the foreigners and through this they want to reap a special harvest. After failing in their three-month-long fire-terrorism, they have now been killing innocent people in villages".

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