Bangladesh has never bowed to pressure: PM Hasina
Dhaka, June 23: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said in a firm voice that Bangladesh has never succumbed to any pressure and will not do so in future, but the country will move forward with the strength of the people.
"Bangladesh has never bowed to any pressure, nor will it," she said. "We will move forward with the confidence we have and the country will move forward with the strength of the people."
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made the remarks at a press conference on the occasion of the ongoing flood situation and inauguration of the Padma Bridge on June 25 at Shapla Hall of her office on Wednesday.
Replying to a question on human rights, the Prime Minister said, "Human rights will come to teach us who give shelter to murderers, school shootings, students are killed, people are strangled by the police on the roadside, will they teach human rights?" It is true that some people of our country will dance at their instigation but we will continue with our confidence, we will continue with the strength of the people."
Replying to a question on 'participatory elections', Sheikh Hasina said when a party participates in elections, they must have the confidence of the people that they will win the elections and show who will be the head of their government. People consider it from the beginning. It happens not only in our country, but all over the world.
She said who will be shown as their (BNP) leader that they will take part in the elections. She further said that they will show the fugitive (Tareq Rahman) as their leader? Who renounced his citizenship of this country and became a British citizen. She also questioned about how much money he had to invest to get British citizenship.
Advising reporters to investigate how a criminal became a British citizen, the prime minister said everything would be clear once the source was known.
Then how will they (BNP) take part in the election with him (Tareq Rahman). What is the fault of democracy here? She said their party was still in a state of turmoil, with virtually no organizational activities now. Besides, there are leftist political parties which are getting smaller and smaller through continuous divisions and now sometimes the right is leaning towards the left.