Distorting history of independence is BNP’s democracy: Quader
DOT Desk: Awami League General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader yestPrime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday declared Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) as three-dimensional (3D) force, saying the induction of helicopter into BGB is just a beginning and this journey of air wing would bring more dynamism in BGB’s overall activities,reports BSS. “From now on, BGB would roam over water, land and sky to protect country’s sovereignty,” she said. The prime minister was addressing virtually as the chief guest a ceremony on helicopter induction into BGB Air Wing at Peelkhana Bir Uttam Anwar Hossain Parade Ground here from her official residence Ganabhaban. Mentioning that two modern MI-171E helicopters have been procured from Russia to turn BGB into a 3D force, she said “it’s not only BGB’s development rather a matter of pride and joy for country’s people” .
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Sheikh Hasina hoped that these two helicopters would play more effective role in conducting BGB’s operational and administrative activities, especially at the hard to reach areas of Chattogram hills tracts.
Expecting BGB’s continuous development, prosperity and success, the premier announced inauguration of BGB Air Wing’s two helicopters – Birshreshtha Noor Mohammad and Birshreshtha Abdur Rouf.
She added that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at the closing parade of the third batch of the then Bangladesh Rifles, now BGB, on December 5, 1974 had said this force would play a significant role in protecting country’s sovereignty alongside economy through guarding border and containing smuggling.
“I hope each BGB soldier would uphold this force’s fame and dignity through discharging duties with honesty, faith and patriotism keeping the aspiration of the Father of the Nation in mind,” she continued.
Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan and public security division’s senior secretary Mostafa Kamal Uddin also spoke on the occasion while BGB Director General (DG) Major General Md Shafeenul Islam gave welcome speech.
Later, a replica of MI-171E helicopter was given to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
At the beginning of the function, a smartly turned out contingent of BGB gave salute to the prime minister.erday said distorting the history of the country’s independence is BNP’s democracy as the party failed to take the people to street or wage movement,reports Jagonews.
 “BNP’s multi-party democracy’s another shape was ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote. Distorting the history of the country’s independence is the democracy of BNP. Their multi-party democracy was to impose curfew,” he said in reply to comments of BNP leaders over November 7, 1975.
 Quader was addressing a press conference at his official residence on parliament premises here. Quader said: “Though I don’t want to talk about BNP, they force me to do that. If they make fabricated allegations against the government and the Awami League, I must reply as the general secretary of the party.”
 The minister strongly criticized the BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul
Islam Alamgir’s comment that the country became independent for the second
time on November 7, 1975 through revolution and solidarity.
“It is natural for BNP to consider the day as the independence for second
time, as the dream of a general to grasp the state power was materialized
through the assassination of four national leaders and killings of many
patriot, freedom fighter army officers between November 3 and November 7”, he
He said the defeated forces of independence took their revenge by carrying
out the August 15, 1975 carnage and BNP considered the day as independence
for the first time.
The AL general secretary said if the conspiracy to assassinate Sheikh
Hasina through the grenade attacks on August 21, 2004 became successful, BNP
leaders would say the country became independence for the third time.
The people believe that actually the November 7 is the Freedom Fighters
Killing Day, he added.
About cases against BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia, Quader said Awami
League did not file the cases rather the caretaker government lodged all the
cases against her.
He said BNP leaders often took oath to free Begum Zia but the party
workers do not find the leaders in street after the announcement.
Mentioning that the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina believes in
non-communal spirit, he said the government took immediate action against any
attack on minority community by the communal forces and it did not spare any
offenders in the past.
He said the government never kept silent about the incidents of attacks on
minority community rather it took prompt measures.
The Hindu community members are performing all their religious rituals
peacefully during the tenure of the AL government, he added.