Al Jazeera report a London-based conspiracy, says Quader

Staff Correspondent

4 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Wednesday claimed that the report of Al Jazeera is a part of London-based conspiracy.

“The anti-communal forces that have been conducting propaganda against the country and instigating people staying in London, have a connection with the Al Jazeera report. Actually, it is a part of London-based conspiracy and it has no basis,” he said.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said this while addressing a press conference on the contemporary issues at his official

residence on parliament premises in the capital.

The AL spokesperson said that the report against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s government is intentional and baseless.

“Media in Bangladesh have been working independently and criticising the government. Even though the country’s active and vibrant media did not find any information (regarding to reports of Al Jazeera), the Al Jazeera Television broadcast false information about Sheikh Hasina, which is very condemnable,” he said.

The AL general secretary said the Sheikh Hasina’s government has taken harsher stance against corruption and irregularity and it has already made its “zero tolerance policy” against graft.

He said the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), within jurisdiction, is working independently to check corruption in the country.

“Linking the responsibility of an individual to the head of the government makes the principles of journalism questionable and it is not proper journalism at all,” Quader said.

He said Sheikh Hasina is most successful prime minister after 1975 and her courageous and skilled leadership is highly lauded around the world.

The conspiracies and propaganda against the country both at home and abroad will not work, rather it will be a boomerang, he added.

Mentioning that the country’s people stand by Sheikh Hasina, the AL general secretary said the ruling AL candidates’ victory in the ongoing municipality elections is an example of this despite propaganda against the government.

He urged the Al Jazeera authorities not to be an aide of implementation of anti-Bangladesh propaganda and not to release intentional, misleading and one-sided reports.

“Those, who have not acknowledged the country’s independence, development, achievements and progress yet, are engaged in a series of tactical conspiracies of these reports,” he added.