Ruling Awami League leader Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif has said ‘sorry’ to BNP leaders who were injured in clashes on Wednesday during a rally in front of the main opposition party’s headquarters at Naya Paltan.
But he felt pity for the party, saying it has gone far away from the spirit of the War of Liberation by enforcing shutdown on historic Mar 7.
“BNP’s situation is miserable as it has walked into the trap of Jamaat-e-Islami,” said Hanif, also a Joint General Secretary of the ruling party, on Thursday.
“Now it is just working as a Pakistani agent,” he told reporters in front of the party office on Bangabandhu Avenue.
On Wednesday, some BNP leaders were injured when police took action amid clashes and bomb explosions. But Hanif blamed Jamaat-e-Islami for Wednesday’s chaos that spoiled BNP’s rally.
The BNP on Thursday enforced a daylong shutdown across the country to protest against the police action. Jamaat called a general strike of its own.
Over whether the government would sit with the opposition, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, “National unity is needed for everything. The Awami League is open to discussion on any issues.”
Earlier on Thursday, leaders and activists of the Awami League and affiliate bodies rallied in front of the party headquarters at the Bangabandhu Avenue denouncing the BNP-sponsored shutdown.