Masterminds of 1/11 still active, says Quader

Staff Correspondent

17 July, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday said masterminds of one-eleven political changeover are still active in the country.

“Masterminds of one-eleven are still active. The day will not return again. Some of them are day dreaming. But the dream will not come true,” he said.

Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said this while virtually addressing a discussion from his official residence on parliament premises in the capital.

Dhaka City South chapter of Awami League organised the discussion marking Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s imprisonment day at party headquarters on Bangabandhu Avenue.

Referring to the context of the one-eleven, Quader blamed some politicians and ambitious civil society representatives for the arrest of Sheikh Hasina.

“The then army-backed caretaker government was involved in a conspiracy to confine democracy in the country. The situation was created due to the reckless power politics of Bangladesh Nationalist Party,” he said.

Quader said BNP had created the background of one-eleven by making a blueprint of holding a one-sided election after making Iajuddin Ahmed as president and head of the caretaker government.

Imprisonment day of Sheikh Hasina is actually a day of imprisonment of democracy and her release day from prison got familiarity as release day of democracy, he said.

Mentioning the root of AL is very deep in the soil of the country, Quader said, “No conspiracy had been able to push the AL away from Bangladesh and its people in the past and it won’t be able to do that in the future too.”

Quader said except AL, no political party stays beside people during the ongoing Coronavirus crisis while BNP is spreading hatred staying at home.

He urged the party leaders and workers to continue extending cooperation to people by wearing facemasks and maintaining health guidelines properly.

AL presidium members Matia Chowdhury, Abdur Razzaque and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, joint general secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim, organizing secretary Mirza Azam, and Dhaka City South AL General Secretary Humayun Kabir, among others, addressed the discussion with Dhaka City South AL President Abu Ahmed Mannafi in the chair.