Accusing the Prime Minister of giving 'false and defamatory' information about its chief Khaleda Zia and her family members' assets in Saudi Arabia, BNP has asked her to apologise or to face legal action.
“The prime minister's comments on BNP Chairperson Khaleda siphoning off money are totally false, fabricated and baseless. The main motive behind such imaginary story of corruption is to dent her and her family members image and politically malign them,” BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said on Friday.
Speaking at a press conference, he further said: “Make an apology for disseminating false and defamatory information. Or else, we'll be forced to take legal action.”
Fakhrul said the prime minister's remarks are not only baseless, but also illegal and punishable.
The BNP leader urged the prime minister to withdraw her comments immediately. “We strongly protest and condemn her comments. We call upon her to refrain from making such indecent comments that are devoid of political etiquette and good taste.”
BNP arranged the press conference at the party chairperson's Gulshan office to issue its reaction to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's comments to the press on Thursday.
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina voiced her discontent saying the mainstream media did not run any report on Khaleda Zia's “assets in Saudi Arabia.”
“Our media did not run the story that Khaleda owns a large shopping mall in Saudi Arabia...it is very unfortunate that I have seen no interest on the part of local media, except for two TV channels and two newspapers, in running the news."
"I cannot understand why the media is so partial towards the patrons of criminals and anti-liberation forces,” Hasina told journalists at a press conference on her Cambodia tour at Ganobhaban.
According to some media reports based on information by Global Intelligence Network and Canadian TV channel The National, anti-corruption investigation in Saudi Arabia has revealed that Khaleda and her family members have assets in that country.
Fakhrul said it is usual for the country's responsible media not to run stories on such imaginary and politically motivated information.
The BNP leader said the prime minister's efforts to force the media to write reports on imaginary corruption allegations against Khaleda and her two sons had exposed her political vindictiveness and bankruptcy.
He also alleged that the Awami League government was indulging in mega plundering in the name of mega projects.
Fakhrul said their party strongly condemns US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
He said their party demands that the US President revoke the decision and accept the justified demands of Palestinians.