Quader for BNP’s role to fend off corona crisis


DHAKA, March 25, 2020 (BSS) – Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader today urged the BNP to shun negative politics and play a positive role in tackling the coronavirus crisis.

“We are hopeful that the BNP would play a positive role with the government by shunning their negative politics in facing the global and local corona virus situation,” he told a press conference in his ministry conference room here.

The Awami League General Secretary urged the BNP to choose a common path with the government to shield people and tide over the present crisis.

Referring to suspension of Begum Zia’s sentence, he said, “The Prime Minister has set a unique example of generosity and far-sighted leadership by taking step to release Begum Zia from imprisonment.”

Considering her [Khaleda Zia’s] age and illness, Quader said the Prime Minister has suspended her sentence for six months as per section 401 (1) of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

He said Khaleda Zia is going to be freed following the appeal of her family members, adding that Khaleda Zia’s family members had appealed to the home ministry for her release from jail under an executive order so that she could have treatment in London. Later, Khaleda Zia’s brother Shamim Iskandar, her sister Selima Rahman, and her [Selima’s] husband Rafiqul Islam met the prime minister and made similar appeal, he added.