Bangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday stressed the need for getting the party activists united and forging national unity to remove the incumbent ‘evil force.’
He came up with statements addressing a discussion to mark fifth anniversary of missing of BNP former organising secretary (Sylhet division) M Ilias Ali, also a former lawmaker.
Sylhet Bibhag Sanghati Sammialani organised the programme at Institution of Diploma Engineers in the city.
Outspoken BNP leader Ilias along with his chauffer Ansar Ali went missing from the capital’s Banani on April 17, 2012. Law enforcers allegedly had picked them up.
At the day’s discussion some BNP senior leaders regretted the present ‘sorry state’ of the organisation having lack of fellow feelings.
Fakhrul said if the BNP activists get united and could unite the nation, the incumbent ‘evil force’ would not be able to stay in power.
He said they could not take strong stand on issue of Ilias’s disappearance although BNP had observed a successful blockade soon after Ilias subjected to ‘enforced disappearance.’
Later the movement gradually died down, he said adding they could take the issue before international organisations to fully expose the mask of the government.
He urged the organiser of the event and Ilias’s wife Tahsina Rushdi Luna, who was present at the discussion, to take initiative to place the issue to international level and assured that BNP would extend all out cooperation to this end.
The BNP secretary general claimed that nearly 500 leaders and activists of the party and its front organisations were victims of enforced disappearance, more than 2000 were shot to death and thousands were maimed.
Fakhrul said it was clear to all that members of law enforcement agencies had picked up Ilias Ali.
He came down hard on the activists of the party’s front and associate organisations present at the discussion for not listening to the speech of the leaders but chanting slogans of their own without slogan related to missing of Ilias Ali.