Awami League presidium member and Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim on Tuesday said there can't be any dialogue with the conspirators and killers.
In reply to remarks of some BNP leaders that all the problems would be solved if dialogue is held, he said, "It can't be treated as responsible remarks. Say for sure how many times we had sat for dialogue with you. Earlier, dialogue was held many times without any outcome. It's (dialogue proposal) nothing but a bluff."
Mohammad Nasim turned down the BNP's dialogue proposal while speaking as the chief guest at a discussion in the city, BSS reports.
Bangladesh Upazila Parishad Chairmen's Association organised the discussion with a call to "strengthen the hands of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by resisting the evil design to destabilise the country" at the auditorium of Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) at Topkhana Road in the capital.
President of the Association Mozammel Haque Sarkar Bakul chaired the discussion, also addressed, among others, by Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan and former president of the association Harun-ar-Rashid Howladar.
Mohammad Nasim said, "The present government is an elected one. BNP never admits that then how dialogue will be held with them? What's the benefit in becoming headlines of newspapers saying repeatedly about dialogue without any reason? We don't want to sit for any fruitless dialogue of showmanship."
He said there can't be any understanding or dialogue with those killers.
"Our ideals won't match with that of BNP. Our goal is to hold trial of the killers of 1971 and BNP's target is to save the war criminals. Then you say as to how their ideologies will match with us. There can't be any understanding with those who rewarded the killers of 1971 and 1975."
Mohammad Nasim said, "The leaders of BNP repeatedly came up with proposal for holding dialogue. But, they won't share the similar opinion on the main issue. What would be their stand if the dialogue is held on the issue of the trial of the war criminals? From the very beginning, they have been opposing the trial of the killers of 1971. Then how an understanding can be reached with them in dialogue?"
Speaking at the discussion, Shajahan Khan said, "All should work together against the militant activities of Jamaat-Shibir and the terrorists. People from all walks of life including labourers and service-holders should forge a greater unity to resist the militants and terrorists."
The shipping minister said, "Staying abroad, BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia along with her eldest son Tarique Rahman has been hatching conspiracy against the country. So, we have to remain united at any cost so that they could not succeed in their conspiracy in anyway."