Obaidul Quader: Is BNP claiming responsibility for the 2001 communal attacks?


BNP has a habit of making any achievement by the government controversial, says the ruling party leader

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Saturday asked the BNP leaders whether the party was claiming responsibility for the attacks and violence against the Hindu community in 2001.

He made the remark at a press conference on contemporary issues at his official residence in Dhaka.

After BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s allegation that communal offences cannot take place without the support of the government, Quader asked whether BNP was now admitting their liability for creating the communal crisis in 2001 after assuming power.

He asked why BNP carried out brutal persecution on the Hindu community, looted their properties, and unleashed arson attacks after assuming power.
Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, noted that BNP considers Hindu community members to be their opponents. “And now, in the event of the recent incidents, they are putting the blame on the government and shedding crocodile tears.”

A three-member judicial probe committee, led by former district judge Md Shahabuddin, was formed in 2009 following an order by another High Court to investigate the incidents.

The committee handed over the report on April 25, 2011, to the then home minister Sahara Khatun.

It found the involvement of several ministers of the BNP-Jamaat government among 26,352 people in more than 18,000 violent incidents.
Quader said that in a time when everyone seems to be expressing satisfaction over the arrest of Iqbal Hossain, who kept the Holy Quran at a puja mandap in Comilla and stirred up the entire country, Iqbal’s whereabouts prior to the arrest are being asked by Mirza Fakhrul.

In response to Fakhrul, the minister said: “Why don’t you explain to us where Iqbal was before his arrest?”

It is BNP’s habit to make any success or achievement (of government) controversial, Quader added.

He also said: “The countrymen are well aware of BNP’s double standards. This is their way of trying to cover up their own crimes by making exaggerated reactions to any problem.

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