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Quader smells rat over US sanctions on RAB officials

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 14 December, 2021 12:00 AM
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Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader has smelt a rat over imposition of sanction on officials of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) by the United States of America.

“Of course, there is a conspiracy. On the eve of the celebration of our National Victory Day, such restriction will encourage militants, their patrons and terrorism,” he said.

Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said this while addressing a secretarial meeting of ruling Awami League at its central office on Bangabandhu Avenue in the capital on Monday.

The minister came up with the remark as the USA on Friday imposed restriction on former and incumbent six RAB officials, including current Bangladesh Police chief Benazir Ahmed.

In protest against USA’s restriction, some ministers, AL bigwigs and RAB termed the sanction as an unfortunate one.

Replying to another question, Quader said he does not want to make further comment on it as he earlier explained his party’s stance.  “This will not affect our relationship with the USA. There is no reason to believe that it will affect our election,” he said.

Talking over elections to Narayanganj City Corporation (NCC), Quader said a steering committee on election campaign for NCC would be formed under the leadership of party organizing secretary Mirza Azam.

Replying to Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s statement that words of former state minister for information and broadcasting Murad Hassan and Awami League are same, Quader said the BNP did not take any action against its leader Moazzem Hossain Alal for making more objectionable statement than that of Murad.

“This is the clear difference between the Awami League and the BNP. How could Mirza Fakhrul support such an inaudible and indecent statement of Alal. We have taken immediate action against Murad. But they have given moral support to Alal without expelling Alal from the party,” he said.

Calling upon all to attend the oath taking ceremony by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina marking the celebration of Victory Day, Quader said we want to spread the spirit imbued with War of Liberation.

A committee was formed to make Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s homecoming day a success.

AL presidium members Faruk Khan, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Abdur Rahman, joint general secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, Hasan Mahmud and AFM Bahauddin Nasim, organizing secretaries Mirza Azam, BM Mozammel Huq, Abu Sayeed Al Mahmood Swapon, Afzal Husain and SM Kamal Hossain, and office secretary Biplab Barua, among others, attended the meeting.