BNP leaders tight-lipped also about Nizami executionPublished By: 24newsmedia
Maintaining their party’s ‘no-comment policy’ over the execution of war criminals, BNP leaders on Wednesday were tight-lipped about the hanging of Motiur Rahman Nizami, the ameer of its alliance partner Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.
Contacted, BNP vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman, chairperson’s adviser Shamsuzzaman Dudu, joint secretaries general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi and Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal declined to make any comment over the matter, saying they should not say anything about it as it was done as per the judgment of the country’s apex court.
However, BNP standing committee member Lt Gen Mahbubur Rahman said he is respectful to the court’s decision. “I don’t know what will be our party’s reaction. But my personal opinion is that as he (Nizami) was hanged as per the court order, I’m respectful to it.”
Country’s top war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami was hanged at 12:10 am on Wednesday for the horrendous crimes he had committed against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971 to thwart Bangladesh’s independence.
On May 5, the Appellate Division rejected the petition of Nizami seeking review of its earlier verdict upholding the death penalty awarded by the International Crimes Tribunal.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam had a scheduled press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan Central office at 10:30 am on Wednesday, but the party sent a message to reporters at 12:30 am after the execution of Nizami saying the programme was postponed for a ‘special reason’.
Fakhrul was also scheduled to attend a discussion at Photojournalists Association in the city at 11:30am, but the programme was also cancelled.
Contacted, no BNP leader could say any specific reason for the postponement of Fakhrul’s schedule programmes.
However, a BNP leader, whishing anonymity, said the BNP secretary general cancelled the programmes to avoid journalists’ possible questions over the party’s reaction to Nizami’s execution.
Fakhrul could not be reached over phone despite repeated attempts for his comments.
Earlier on Tuesday at a press briefing at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, BNP joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi refused to make any comment on Nizami’ execution move.