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AL rank and file at a loss

Update : 09 Apr 2013, 10:21 AM

The present tempestuous political scenario has left certain leaders and activists of the ruling Awami League confused as to the government’s actions.

Several senior Awami League (al) leaders said that they do not know anything about the arrest of senior bnp leaders or what the government’s next course of action will be.

Many leaders expressed concern at the direction the country might be headed.

State Minister for Law, Quamrul Islam at a discussion on Tuesday expressed his apprehension of another 1/11.

He blamed the main opposition bnp for pushing the country in that direction.

Some al leaders noted that the way the opposition’s leaders have been arrested might come back to haunt al, if the party is voted out of power.

AL Presidium Member Kazi Zafarullah, while talking to Dhaka Tribune, said that the arrest of so many BNP leaders does not bode well for democracy.

He also questioned the justification of frequent hartals and the chaos and anarchy created by the opposition, saying, “That too, does not bode well for democracy. 

“Both the al and bnp must have respect for democracy, otherwise we have to face another 1/11,” Zafarullah cautioned.

Earlier, a section of al leaders protested the raid on the bnp office and the arrest of 154 leaders of the party on March 11. 

One of the central leaders, on condition of anonymity, said that they could not understand what is going on and who is making the party’s decisions.

The leader also acknowledged that many senior and mid-level leaders of the party are not fully aware of the government’s policy. 

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