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No foreign power can control Sheikh Hasina: Obaidul Quader

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Published: 10:37, 18 May 2024

No foreign power can control Sheikh Hasina: Obaidul Quader

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Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said no foreign power can exercise any control over Bangabandhu-daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

"No matter how many conspiracies, or pressure from foreign powers, Awami League will not go outside the constitution," he said.

He was addressing a discussion marking the historic Homecoming Day of AL President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

About BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir's comment that a neighboring country is controlling Bangladesh, Quader said none can control Sheikh Hasina.

"We are controlled by the spirit of the birth of Bangladesh, the values of the liberation war. We are controlled by the people of Bangladesh, not by any domestic or foreign power," he said.

Regarding the release of prisoners, AL general secretary said Mirza Fakhrul is constantly making attacking comments against AL. "Ziaur Rahman had imprisoned 62,000 leaders and workers of AL and other parties. How many leaders of BNP are now in jail?"

"Do not be shy that you (Mirza Fakhrul) talk about the release of prisoners!"

Ziaur Rahman, Quader said, had abducted AL's 3,000 leaders, workers and government officials. Many say that Bangabandhu pardoned anti-liberation elements, which is not true, he added.

He said during the tenure of Bangabandhu, 11,000 people who opposed the country's independence were in jail, while Ziaur Rahman freed them and among them, 713 were involved with crimes against humanity.

The AL leader said Sheikh Hasina is the name of the most courageous politician, prudent leader, efficient administrator, popular leader and successful diplomat in the last 44 years of Bangladesh - indicating the period since the prime minister returned to the country to take charge of the Awami League, when the party was at its lowest ebb for a period of 6 years following the assassination of Bangabandhu in August 1975.

"Sheikh Hasina is the architect of the changed Bangladesh. Bangabandhu was the poet of politics and Sheikh Hasina is a magician of politics. Sheikh Hasina's homecoming was the restoration of the lost values of the Liberation War," he said.

Chaired by AL Presidium Member Engineer Mosharraf Hossain,  Presidium Members Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Bir Bikram, and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, poet Nirmalendu Goon, AL Joint General Secretaries-Foreign Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, Mahbubul Alam Hanif, also spoke.