Bangladesh Nationalist Party would arrange prayer sessions across the country on Saturday to mark the 76th birth anniversary of the BNP chairperson and former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia.
A press release signed by the party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said that Friday was in the 76th birth anniversary of BNP chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia.
Several hundred BNP leaders and activists gathered at their Nayapaltan central office and joined the program.
The program was arranged on the occasion of Khaleda’s birthday, nothing was written about it in the banner.
It was written in the banner that the doa mahfil was meant for seeking early recovery of Khaled, the salvation of the departed souls of party leaders and activists died of corona and other diseases and assuaging the sufferings of flood victims.
In a brief address, party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi urged all to pray for the wellbeing of their ailing chairperson.
Mentioning that Khaleda’s role in establishing people’s different rights, including the freedom of expression, he said, "She never left people, but stood beside them during their sorrows and woes. She was kept in jail for two years by unjustly sentencing her, but she didn’t bow down when it came to the question of democracy. May Allah grant her long life.”
Rizvi claimed that though their chairperson was an innocent person, she was convicted in false cases out of political vengeance. “She has repeatedly risked her life for democracy. She’s now out of jail, but not completely free.”
He said the nation is now going through a difficult time as the government has ‘snatched’ people’s rights, including that of the freedom of expression. “People now don’t dare speak up since the freedom of speech has been sent to ' museum. If someone makes comments on Facebook accounts and if someone shares those, law enforcers are picking him or her up at night.”
Rizvi said law enforcers are sending people to jail after implicating them with false cases or making them disappeared or killing them in crossfire without any trial for expressing their views freely. "This is the state of freedom of expression in the country."