US Ambassador to Dhaka Dan W Mozena on Tuesday renewed his country’s call to Awamni League and BNP to engage in a ‘serious dialogue’ immediately to find an agreed way forward for ‘free and fair’ elections in Bangladesh.
“I underscored the ever more urgent need for the parties to engage in serious dialogue immediately to find an agreed way forward to free and fair elections that are credible in the eyes of Bangladesh people,” said the US diplomat.
Mozena made the call in a written statement distributed among the press shortly after his meeting with BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia at her Gulshan residence in the city.
The US diplomat expressed concern over the ‘recent wave of arrests’ of senior political leaders.
“I also noted the US government’s concern at the recent wave of arrests of senior leaders, given the intimidating effect that this has on those who wish to peacefully exercise their democratic rights and whose participation is critical for the success of the future dialogue between the two sides,” said the envoy.
At the meeting with the BNP chief, Mozena also discussed the incidents that took place on Sunday at the Supreme Court, National Press Club and Dhaka University, and termed those ‘most disturbing’.
He also said those incidents were contrary to democratic process, and these must not be allowed to recur. “I reiterated our call for all parties to eschew violence which is not consistent with the democratic process, is unacceptable and must stop immediately,” Mozena said.
He also said they (Khaleda-Mozena) discussed the responsibility that the government has to provide political space to the opposition so it can freely express its political views.
The US diplomat also discussed the responsibility that the opposition has to use space peacefully.
Mozena entered the residence of the opposition chief at 3:06pm and held a lengthy meeting amid the worsening political situation.
BNP chairperson's advisers Reaz Rahman and Sabihuddin Ahmed were also present at the meeting.
On Monday, British High Commissioner in Dhaka Robert Gibson met Khaleda Zia at her house.UNN
JCD man shot killed in Comilla s/c p-8
Comilla: A Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activist was shot to death allegedly by a Jubo League man at Jhalam Uttar Bazar in Barura upazila on Tuesday.
The deceased was identified as Saddam Hossain, 20, an activist of the local unit of JCD and son of Anwar Hossain Bhandari of Kanail village in the upazila.
Kawsar Alam Selim, general secretary of upazila unit BNP, said Saddam recently joined the politics of JCD resigning from Bangladesh Chhatra League.
Jubo League man Masum shot Saddam in the chest following an altercation over the issue at the bazaar today noon, leaving him critically injured.
Later, he was rushed to Barura Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared him dead.
Connected, officer-in-charge of Barura Police Station AKM Kawsar Chowdhury said Saddam might have been killed over establishing supremacy in the area.
Mozena meets Khaleda, conveys US’s concern