Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday reissued a strong warning against the wrongdoers, saying that law will take its own course against those who will commit crimes.
“The law will take its own course against criminals irrespective of whoever they are and whichever party they belong to,” she said when expatriate Bangladeshis living in Azerbaijan called on her at Hotel Hilton Baku in Baku, Azerbaijan in the evening.
“You’ve seen that it (action) is continuing. If any of our party man is indulged in crime, he or she is getting punishment instantly,” the prime minister said.
Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, said the criminals are just criminals. “We’ll see criminals as criminals and we’re trying to do that,” she said.
The prime minister thinks that to give lesson to others, it should start from own yard. “I’m doing that (drive against corruption) and I’m continuing it,” she said.
Referring to unbridled corruption committed by the BNP-Jamaat government, she said there was no limit of graft during their five-year misrule.
Sheikh Hasina said a vested quarter is committing heinous crimes by spreading rumours on various issues.
Replying to a question from an expatriate about better treatment of the BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia, the prime minister said the BNP leader is getting more facilities than other prisoners.
“A maid servant is serving her (Begum Zia) in jail. That means she (maid servant) is now in prison to provide services to the BNP leader,” she said.
The prime minister said in the history or any country, there is no such instance of keeping an innocent maid servant in jail by a convict. “Khaleda Zia is receiving that facility too,” the prime minister said.
Sheikh Hasina said the BNP chairperson is now undergoing treatment at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital and she has been given a separate cabin there.
The prime minister said the BNP men are saying that she (Khaleda Zia) is sick. “I said that they could wage movement for her release.”
“But they could not wage any movement or build up public opinion in this regard. But we’ve nothing to do and what can we do to this end?” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said Begum Khaleda Zia has been convicted in a case filed during the last caretaker government. “Some more cases against her are pending,” she added.
The PM also said two sons of the BNP leader has been convicted in money laundering cases, 21 August grenade attack case and 10-truck arms haul case.
She said her government is continuing action against terrorism, corruption and drugs. “We’re getting very good results from the drives… narcotics destroys a person and family,” she observed.
“Overall, I’m trying my best and as long as I remain in power I’ll continue working for the country,” she said.
While talking about the Rohingya issue, the prime minister said discussion is underway with Myanmar to solve the problem. “We’ve constructed houses for 100,000 Rohingya families in Bhashanchar … but, many NGOs don’t want they (Rohingyas) move to the island,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina also spelled out the country’s development achieved in various sectors including health, education, ICT and social safety net.
“Bangladesh is now a role model of development in the world due to this success,” she said.
The prime minister also recalled the contributions of the expatriates to the country’s socioeconomic development.
Sheikh Hasina said the government has so far purchased 10 aircraft from Boeing for enhancing air connectivity with different countries.
“We’ve taken initiatives to procure two more Boeing airplanes from the USA as well as three aircraft from Canada,” she said.