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Government protests NY times editorial

  • Published at 04:42 pm November 28th, 2013
Government protests NY times editorial

The Government of Bangladesh protested the editorial of New York Times that slammed Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the incumbent political deadlock.

An article, written by Bangladeshi ambassador to the US, Akramul Qader, was published in the print edition of the New York-based daily November 26 local time.

“I disagree with this editorial’s characterization of my country’s situation. The Parliament repealed the caretaker government system for the upcoming elections after the Supreme Court declared it ‘unworkable’, and advised the Parliament to replace the system to prevent an ‘unnatural’ and ‘unconstitutional’ state of affairs,” he wrote.

On the note of war crimes trials, the official said justice was being served for the crimes committed against Bangladeshis during 1971.

Regarding the recent violence, he said the issue was “fomented” by political opponents which compelled the police to make “some politicians responsible.”

Negotiation offers were rebuffed, he stated. “Luckily Bangladeshis understand that the government is sincere in its desire for progress and want it to succeed.”

The concerned article “Political crisis in Bangladesh,” published as an editorial to the daily, blamed Sheikh Hasina for the polls-related violence.

The two major political parties, Awami League and BNP, are in an impasse over how the 10th general elections will take place.

Awami League is moving ahead for the elections under a newly-formed polls-time cabinet.

In due course of action, the Election Commission slated the upcoming national elections for January 5 amidst threats of main opposition BNP.

Hours after the polls-schedule were announced, BNP rebutted and called a blockade programme which later was extended until Friday.

Many people have already died in the past few months in the violence that has marked the political deadlock between these two parties. 

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