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Govt pushing country into dark: Fakhrul

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Staff Reporter BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam on Wednesday alleged that the government is pushing the country into a dark tunnel of one-party rule by removing the last sign of multiparty democracy. “The country is now on the brink of destruction due to the misrule and repression by the Awami League government. The country’s independence and sovereignty are also at stake,” he said in a message. Fakhrul issued the message greeting BNP vice chairman Tarique Rahman on his 49th birth anniversary. The BNP leader said Tarique had inspired the impoverished youths at the grassroots to be self-dependent by visiting rural areas. “The country’s people still didn’t forget his duck-hen-goat distribution programme among the underprivileged people at the grassroots to make them self-reliant.” The so-called Fakhruddin-Moyeenuddin regime of 1/11 could not make Tarique impaired despite their repressive cats, false campaign and cases against him in a bid to annihilate him, Fakhrul said. He also claimed that the current regime also could not weaken Tarique’s strong mentality and vigor with their various plots and by filing cases after cases against him. The BNP spokesman further said their senior vice chairman did not move away from his belief and ideal despite the current regime’s non-stop threats and indecent remarks against him. Fakhrul said Tarique with his strong state of mind and able leadership is inspiring the nationalist forces against the misrule. Tarique, the eldest son of BNP founder late president Ziaur Rahman and its current chairperson Khaleda Zia, has been staying in London since 2008. He was arrested on March 7, 2007 during the then army-backed interim regime and freed from jail on bail on September 3, 2008. He left for London for treatment eight days later. He is an accused in a number of cases, including the August 21 grenade attack ones.