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AL rumoured to have taken Indian fund for polls, Fakhrul retorts

BNP acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said on Saturday that there were rumours that ruling Awami League won the 2008 general election by taking “bags of cash” from India.

The statement came three days after a former chief of Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) admitted before a court to funding the BNP during the 1991 parliamentary elections.

Addressing a memorial service in tribute to the late BNP Secretary General Khandaker Delwar Hossain in the city Saturday, Mirza Fakhrul retorted, alluding to a 2011 report of The Economist, that the AL received fund from India to win the 2008 parliamentary elections, Bangla daily Prothom Alo reported citing a private TV channel report.

There are further rumours that the AL took assistance from Salman F Rahman and Zafarullah Chowdhury to win the 1996 polls, the report further quoted Fakhrul as saying.

He also alleged that the government was using the state-owned news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha to spread fallacies.

The BNP will formally protest this, Fakhrul added.

Addressing the programme, Opposition Chief Whip Zainul Abdin Farroque said, “If we join the parliament then the ruling party will have to maintain cordiality.”

“If the government attitude destroys the environment of the parliament, we will have to consider whether we can continue there.”

On Wednesday, ex-ISI chief Asad Durrani confessed before Pakistan Supreme Court to funding the BNP during the 1991 parliamentary elections, British newspaper Daily Mail Online reported.

Earlier on March 3, UAE-based daily Khaleej Times reported that complainant Air Marshal Asghar Khan, Pakistan’s former Air Force commander-in-chief, alleged in his petition that ISI paid Rs 50 million to BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia ahead of the 1991 elections in which the party won and formed the government.

In an immediate reaction then, Rafiqul Islam Mia, a member of BNP standing committee, denied the allegation terming it “absolutely false and ridiculous”.

Alluding to a report about ruling AL and the 2008 elections published in the July 2011 copy of The Economist, he said, “An influential international newspaper has recently published a story about a major political party of our country. This one [in Khaleej Times] might have been intended to counter that one.”


1 Comment

  1. Sabrina Islam says:

    The reports (Khaleej Times and Mail Indian edition) claimed Durrani made these ‘confessions’ in court. Both Asad Durrani and the Pakistan government have said there was no such admission in his testimony. We should now look carefully at who broke this fabricated story and why a section of the Bangladeshi media and the politicians were so eager to repeat it without verification?

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