Dhaka, May 30: Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Saturday said it is really mysterious that BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia did not hold the trial of the killing of her husband Ziaur Rahman when she was in power.“Question is being raised by many – whether there is any possibility that the truth will come out if the trial of the killing of Ziaur Rahman is held,” he said at a press briefing at Awami League president’s political office in city’s Dhanmondi.
The minister said, “BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia was in power for two times. Besides, she had grabbed power for about a month once after holding a questionable election. But, she didn’t hold the trial of the killing of her husband Ziaur Rahman which is a mysterious matter pervading in the common men.”
AL Health Affairs Secretary Dr Rokeya Sultana, Office Secretary Barrister Biplob Barua, Deputy Publicity Secretary Aminul Islam and Deputy Office Secretary Sayeem Khan, among others, were present.
About the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, Hasan said Prime Minister and also AL President Sheikh Hasina has taken various steps in the country soon after the coronavirus outbreak at Wuhan in China. The concerned port authorities carried out health tests on everyone who come from abroad, he added.
He said there is no country in world which has been free from Coronavirus.
In the United States, where healthcare and economic systems and management are much better, there 6 percent of total diagnosed patients are dying, he added.
“The death rate in Belgium is 15 percent while 14 percent in Britain, 3.2 percent in India and over 2 percent in Pakistan. But the death rate in Bangladesh is 1.35 percent. The death rate could have increased, if the health service system was bad,” said Hasan, also Awami League (AL) joint general secretary.
“This is a global catastrophe, we want to deal with this situation with the cooperation of all,” the minister added.
Hasan said the Prime Minister is dealing with the situation to protect human health and save lives, at the same time in a developing country of 17 crore of people like Bangladesh, all activities across the country have been shut down for more than two months.
The food assistance is being provided (to the poor) for two months, he said, adding about seven crore people in the country have come under the assistance of the government in various ways.
Hasan said Bangabandhu’s worthy daughter Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is currently conducting the largest ever relief operation in the history of the country. “About seven crore people of the country have already come under the government’s assistance programme in various ways. Such a big incident never happened in the history of Bangladesh,” he added.
“Listed People have received Taka 2500 to their mobile phones and they need not to go anywhere for money… None had thought of this earlier,” he said.
“All Qawmi madrasas in the country have been given money before Eid. Money has been given to different mosques too. I do not know whether such kind of the relief operation has taken place in any of the neighboring countries,” he added.
Hasan said the Awami League has provided relief to about 1.20 crore families across the country which no other party did. Leaders of different levels of the party, members of parliament (MPs) and people’s representatives have conducted relief activities in each upazila across the country, he added.
“Due to such a large and well-planned relief operation led by the Prime Minister, not a single people in the country died from starvation by the grace of the Almighty,” he added.
The minister said through its dynamism, the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has proved false the predictions of many others regarding the current situation.
Contrary to AL’s countrywide relief distribution activities, he said, the BNP leaders are seen busy with posing in photo sessions and criticizing the government’s humanitarian works.
“I would like to request BNP leaders to come forward to combat the prevailing coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis together with the government, shunning the politics of criticism and hatred,” said Hasan.
The minister prayed for early recovery of the infected people. He also prayed for eternal peace of the departed souls of those who died of COVID-19.