Hefazat violence must be stopped: Quader

Staff Correspondent

27 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Monday said the government has doubts as to whether the Hefazat-e-Islam would cease to unleash acts of violence.

“Hefazat-e-Islam on Sunday night dissolved its central committee and the politics of communal violence must also be stopped. Will the violence end after the formation of a new convening committee?” he questioned.

Quader, also the Awami League general secretary, said this while exchanging views with officials of BRTC and BRTA of Cumilla zones virtually from his official residence on parliament premises in the capital.

The minister came up with the remarks as the Hefazat formed a new convening committee just few hours after the dissolution of its central committee Sunday midnight.

Slamming Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Quader said that the party has just engaged in spreading falsehood and propaganda and inciting communal violence, which people do not expect.

“Many BNP leaders have pharmaceutical companies. They have an opportunity to provide medical services through these companies, but they are not doing that,” he said.

The minister called upon BNP to stand by people and work for humanity.

“Everyone has to follow health guidelines in order to save life as life is more important than livelihood. It is not right to politicize everything during the coronavirus pandemic.

“The only aim is to save people and stop the spread of deadly coronavirus. The government has to keep an eye on the lives and livelihoods of people as well,” Quader said.

Talking about Covid-19 vaccines, the minister said his government is trying heart and soul to collect vaccine.

“Vaccine is not a solution; that’s why everyone has to wear face masks,” Quader said.