>military diktat no good either for country or armed forces: ex-CA Habibur

>MILITARY intervention in the country’s politics and administration cannot be salutary either for the country or the armed forces, former chief adviser to caretaker government Justice Muhammad Habibur Rahman said today.
“The present government will have to shoulder the responsibility for the undemocratic situation it has created in the country by altering the democratic system,” he said.
The former chief justice advised the government to remain alert so that it does not make any mistake by chance or by taking any over-enthusiastic or careless decisions.
He was speaking as the chief guest at the National Citizen’s Dialogue titled “National unity to face major challenges 2008” at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the capital. Bangladesh First, Bangladesh 2025 organised the three-session daylong dialogue chaired by Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain.
The participants approved a citizen charter in which they demanded a national dialogue to resolve the challenges of daily life. They urged the government to take effective action for holding the election according to the roadmap, controlling the prices of essentials, and creating stability in the country’s economy.

Justice Habibur said he is concerned whether power will be handed over to an elected government after smooth holding of the ninth parliamentary elections at this year’s end.
He cautioned that increasing discrimination in the society in the present situation when prices of essentials have gone beyond people’s purchasing capability will increase instability and “there is possibility of being attracted to religious terrorism for its solution”.
Habibur said the present famine-like situation could become permanent if reforms to and management of agriculture and water resources cannot be developed.
He said, “We have amended the constitution thrice in the interest of just one person. Now if we pretend to be upholding the constitution while furthering an individual’s benefit, it will not last long.”
Habibur said to amend the constitution a Constitution Commission can be formed. “But we do not get any confidence after observing little utilisation of the Law Commission. Because, top brasses in the government consider themselves to be big scholars and do not like advice from others,” he added. (Read full report)


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