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Withdraw May 5 Dhaka siege programme, FBCCI urges Hefazat

Update : 04 May 2013, 03:01 AM

The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) Friday urged Hefazat-e-Islam to withdraw its May 5 Dhaka siege, saying that such a programme would create a new crisis for the national economy.

“We request Hefazat-e-Islam to withdraw its May 5 Dhaka siege programme because it would create a new crisis for the country's economy,” said FBCCI President Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed at a press conference in Dhaka, according to state-run BSS.

Welcoming the decision of the government and the opposition to hold dialogue over the next election, the FBCCI president said the move has rekindled hope among the business community as it might solve the prevailing political stalemate.

He said recent hartals and the Savar tragedy have affected the country’s export sector, especially the apparel industry. The Dhaka siege programme could hamper the country's existing visibly stable political situation, he added.

The FBCCI president said the May 5 siege programme would also affect the rescue operations at Savar and the treatment of injured workers.

FBCCI leaders AK Azad, Manwara Hakim Ali, Helaluddin, BGMEA President Atiqul Islam and BKMEA President Selim Osman, among others, attended the press conference. 

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