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Jamaat meets UN team, wants participatory polls

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Staff Reporter
A delegation of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami led by its assistant secretary general Barrister Abdur Razzak on Monday met visiting UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs Oscar Fernández Taranco and laid emphasis on a participatory polls to ‘get rid of the ongoing violence’.
“We’ve conveyed them (UN delegation) that there should be a level-playing field and a participatory election…if a level-playing field is there and a participatory election is held, our tradition is that violence doesn’t take place during election. We’ve conveyed it to them,” Barrister Razzak told reporters after the meeting held at Hotel Sonargaon in the city.
Responding to a question, the Jamaat leader said they expressed their concern as Taranco wanted to know about Quader Mollah issue. “They (UN team) wanted to know about Quader Mollah. We’ve shared one of our concerns that the government may execute the Supreme Court verdict without following the due process. We’ve expressed our apprehensions.”
Quoting Taranco, Barrister Razzak said he (Taranco) is expecting that the people of Bangladesh, political parties and government will reach a consensus through discussions. “It’s Bangladesh’s problem and Bangladesh will have to resolve it.”
Barrister Razzak said there will be peaceful solution through discussions if all parties sit together which will help all get rid of violence.
UN envoy Taranco also hoped that political parties in the country will sit together and find out a solution through discussion as it is a home-grown problem, the Jamaat leader added.
The meeting began at around 10:00am and lasted for nearly an hour. Taranco’s meeting with the Jamaat delegation was originally scheduled for 4:30 pm on Sunday, but it was postponed later.
Taranco arrived here on Friday amid the country’s murky political situation that has cast a shadow on its January-5 general election.
His visit is aimed at encouraging ‘dialogue and conditions’ conducive to parliamentary elections scheduled for January 5.

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