The government has threatened legal action against Yunus Center if it did not withdraw the statement over a ‘remark’ by Sheikh Hasina.
The Prime Minister’s Office released a statement to this end signed by the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary Abul Kalam Azad on Thursday, a day after the Yunus Center made the statement.
The PMO also alleged the Yunus Center tried to humiliate the head of the government by issuing the statement based on unconfirmed news.
”Under the circumstances, the government hopes the Yunus Center will withdraw the statement run in the Daily Star and Daily Ittefaq and stay away from such motivated falsehood in the future,” it added.
”Otherwise, the government will have no other option than to take legal action against such propaganda by the Yunus Center,” it said.
The PMO also said the government did not have any intention to disgrace the Nobel laureate.
”Rather, the Yunus Center itself humiliated and made the government and Prof Yunus controversial by spreading propaganda,” it observed.
The Yunus Center, that promotes the deposed Grameen Bank Managing Director’s causes, had issued the rejoinder to a purported statement by Hasina during her meeting with ministers, MPs and other party leaders at Ganabhaban on July 11.
The statement used a remark by the Prime Minister, run by some dailies on July 12, as its source.
The PMO claimed not a single representative of any print or electronic media was present when the discussion was going on.
”So, the news that said Hasina passed comments on Yunus had no source and had inadequate information,” it added.
The Yunus Center statement also claimed the so-called Hasina statement will put a negative impact on the Bangladesh’s bilateral relationships with Norway and the US.
Secretary Azad said, “The fear is totally baseless. Such baseless news can never destroy bilateral relations between nations.”
Source: Bd news24