BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Thursday instructed her party men not to make any imprudent decision and resort to violence while protesting a special court’s verdict against her.
“No one could weaken my moral fibre, and I will not bow down to anyone either,” Khaleda told her party leaders, minutes before landing in jail.
Issuing a special directive to BNP leaders and activists, she instructed them to stay united and face any danger together.
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She also called on leaders, activists, supporters of her party to have patience and remain respectful to the law.
Earlier in the day, Judge Dr Akhtaruzzaman of Dhaka’s Fifth Special Judge Court sentenced the former prime minister to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
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The same court also sentenced five other accused, including Khaleda’s son and BNP’s acting Chairperson Tarique Rahman, to 10 years’ imprisonment and fined them Tk2.10 crore each.
Meanwhile, the BNP announced a two-day countrywide demonstration program for Friday and Saturday in protest against the jailing of its chairperson, Khaleda.
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The party’s secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the program from a press conference at its Nayapaltan headquarters.
“BNP leaders and activists will stage demonstrations across the country, including all district towns and upazila headquarters, in a peaceful manner as per directive of our chairperson Khaleda Zia,” he said.