Govt keeps eye on Khaleda’s activities

The Awami League-led government is keeping a close watch on BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s activities on her return home from the UK where she allegedly held a meeting with a militant group to create political chaos in her country.

Sources in the government said the state monitoring has been geared up to fend off any trouble in the country ahead of the next national election.

“The government will keep monitoring the activities of Khaleda Zia. If she tries to create unrest in the country, they will take a hard line,” said an AL leader, wishing not to be named.

The government has no plan to arrest Khaleda Zia right now though she is facing a number of graft and criminal cases, the sources added.

Terming the issue sensitive, policymakers of the government said Khaleda Zia will legally face the cases against her.

The government will not make any compromise with the cases.

The government is monitoring the activities of opposition BNP as it (BNP) is opposing the government move to hold the election as per the constitution, they added.

The BNP demanded that the election be held under a neutral administration, but the ruling AL is hell-bent on holding the polls as the constitution.

Party sources said the BNP, which boycotted the 2014 election over the standoff, is supposed to place an election formula soon.

AL senior leaders fear that the BNP may create unrest to put pressure on the government in realising their demand.

AL sources said they will closely observe the formula of the BNP and Khaleda’s activities. The government will remain alert so that they can not take to the street in protest against the election issue.

Many alleged that Khaleda Zia hatched conspiracies against the government during her long stay in London with her son and BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman.

She held meetings with a Pakistani intelligence agency and a Middle-East-based militant organisation to create political chaos in the country.

AL general secretary Obaidul Quader said on Wednesday that the government had no plan to arrest Khaleda Zia after her return home from London.

“The government didn’t think of arresting Khaleda Zia following the issuance of arrest warrants in the cases against her. Law enforcers and courts will deal with the issue,” he said.

AL publicity and publication secretary Hasan Mahmud on Thursday asked Khaleda Zia not to create any unstable situation in the country.

“If BNP tries to create an unstable situation, the people will give a befitting reply,” he said while addressing a discussion.

Hasan Mahmud alleged that Khaleda held secret meetings in London with a Pakistani intelligence agency and a middle-east-based militant organisation to create chaos across the country.

“There was a plot to create chaos on the arrival of the BNP chairperson, but they (BNP) will fail as the government and law enforcers stayed alert,” he added.

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