Several MPs in parliament Thursday termed the court verdict against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia a “historic one,” saying everybody is equal before the law.
Taking floor on point of order, treasury bench lawmaker Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim initiated the unscheduled discussion with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in chair. A total of six MPs participated in the unscheduled discussion.
"Khaleda Zia cannot be above the law. Our constitution says all citizens are equal before the law, and today's verdict proved it once again," said Selim.
His remarks came hours after the a special Dhaka court sentenced BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia to five-year imprisonment and put her eldest son, and BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman and four others in jail for 10 years in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case.
The lawmaker further said BNP activists locked in sporadic clashes with police at different points in Dhaka as well as Bangladesh High Commission in London in an attempt to thwart the verdict.
Tarikat Federation Chairman Syed Nazibul Bashar Maizvandary MP said the verdict was historic as it has proven that even a former prime minister of the country cannot not be spared if s/he commits corruption.
"It has set an example for all," he added. "The politics of Zia's family has ended with this verdict. BNP will not be able to come to power again," he added.
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal lawmaker Shirin Akther said the verdict reflected the expectation of people of the country.
"Khaleda Zia's jail was expected and the verdict proves that no one can avoid jail after committing corruption,” she said.
"BNP leaders are saying that the verdict was an outcome of the revenge of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, which is an absurd lie. There is no connection of politics with the verdict, let alone the PM's revenge," she went on.