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Talks possible if BNP leaves Jamaat: Quamrul

Update : 25 Apr 2013, 01:08 PM

State Minister for Law Quamrul Islam reiterated that the ruling Awami League government might hold talks with main opposition BNP if the latter distanced themselves from Jamaat-e-Islami and their destructive actions.

The junior minister made the remark to reporters at the secretariat, after a meeting with a delegation of the Real Estate and Housing Association of Bangladesh (Rehab).

“Until they [BNP] leave Jamaat and its damaging activities, talks will not be fruitful,” he said.

When asked why the government was holding talks with Hefazat-e-Islam instead of BNP, Quamrul said, “Open minded discussion is the only solution right now. But, whom will we talk to? Is it possible to talk to them [BNP], if a political party turns into a terrorist group, its leaders behave like terrorists and threaten the judiciary?”

Once again asserting the government’s stance that the next elections would be held under an interim government, the state minister said: “Jamaat, who are striking the state machinery, will be outlawed and then we will hold talks with BNP on a peaceful footing about the election time government.”

Asked about the recent release of three opposition leaders, Quamrul said that they were bailed out because a session of the parliament was going on and they were all members of the parliament. He added that none of them had joined the parliament yet.

During the meeting, Rehab put forward three demands, including enacting a law to invest legally earned but undisclosed money, reducing taxes and fees for registration and cutting secondary selling fees by 1.5 per cent to boost the government’s revenue collection.

Rehab President Nasrul Hamid Bipu led the delegation.  

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