Solution on street, not on negotiation table: Inu

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Describing BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia as the ‘queen of anarchy and trouble’, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu on Tuesday said the country’s ongoing crisis will be resolved on the streets, not on the negotiation table.

He, however, said they may consider sitting in talks only if Khaleda Zia stops violence unleashed across the country.

The minister was speaking at a ‘Meet-the-Press’ programme organised by Bangladesh Secretariat Reporters’ Forum at the Secretariat.

Referring to Ganoforum president Dr Kamal Hossain’s call for an effective dialogue to break the ongoing stalemate, Inu said those suggesting talks should ask Khaleda first to stop the violence before inviting the Prime Minister. “Ask her (Khaleda) to leave militancy and war criminals before talking about politics, election and democracy.”

He further said if the arsonists are to go to jail for their crimes, the BNP chairperson should also be put behind the bars for instigating violence through her statements and speeches.

Inu also alleged that the BNP chairperson is spreading panic throughout the country in the name of blockade as the trial of her and her son Tarique Rahman is at the final stage.

Source: UNB

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