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Nasim urges GM Quader to quit

Update : 21 Apr 2013, 09:33 AM

Awami League presidium member Mohammad Nasim urged Commerce Minister GM Quader to step down from the cabinet for his anti-government comments.

“If you want to say anything against the government, then do so after you resign from its cabinet,” he said at a discussion on Saturday.

Nasim said there is a correct protocol for everything. “How can he say that according to Sharia the government should be ousted, when he holds the post of a minister?”

On Friday, the commerce minister alleged that the government is being run under the “dictatorship of the prime minister.”

Quader, also a leader of the ruling grand-alliance member Jatiya Party, further alleged that the parliament and the judiciary are not “independent” under the AL-led government.

At the discussion, Nasim denied the possibility of sitting for a dialogue with BNP, saying talks cannot be held with “terrorists.”

“Demands have been raised from several quarters for talks with BNP. But dialogues are not an option with the terrorists who killed innocent people and staged massacres like that of Fatikchhari.”

“It would be sinful if we even see their faces, let alone talk,” said the former home minister.

Earlier on Friday, the AL joint general secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif also spoke in the same vein, calling BNP a “terrorist party,” and urging its leaders “to leave politics and form a terrorist group.”

“Talks are possible only if held in parliament. No dialogue can take place outside of it,” he said.

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