Army to play role in due time: Khaleda (Video)
Opposition leader Khaleda Zia said on Sunday that the army cannot play an observer when the country plunges in chaos.
"The army has responsibilities. It cannot act as a silent audience. It cannot only observe the situation because it is also a part of the country," she said while addressing a roadside rally at Matidali intersection in Bogra Sadar upazila.
Army personnel go abroad for maintaining peace. But if there is no peace in their own country, foreigners would then say that the army is only capable of maintaining peace in other countries, she said.
"So, I ask all quarters to think about it."
She expressed her hope that the army will play a key role "in proper time".
Citing police firing in Bogra on March 3 that left a number of people dead, Khaleda said: "I thank the army personnel that they came out on the roads (Bogra) but did not shot fire on the people."
It was her first rally on the two-day visit to northern district of Bogra and Joypurhat.
Khaleda started from Bogra circuit house around 11:20am and reached the intersection in 10 minutes on her way to Panchbibi upazila of Joypurhat.
At Matidali, the opposition leader offered her condolences to family members of the victims, who were shot dead in police firing on March 3.
BNP leaders including Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Selima Rahman, Sadeque Hossain Khoka and Mirza Abbas accompanied her in the visit.
The BNP chief on Saturday went on a two-day visit to Bogra and Joypurhat.
She reached Bogra Saturday night and spent the night at local circuit house.
At Panchbibi upazila of Joypurhat, she will hold a condolence meeting on the premises of Salaipur High School around 1:00pm.
They will start back for Bogra at 2:15pm and have lunch at the Circuit House in Bogra.
Around 3:30pm, Khaleda will visit a Hindu temple that recently came under attack by religious bigots in Gabtoli upazila.
Khaleda will speak to some other families of the March 3 victims on the Aria Bazar School premises in Shahjahanpur upazila, Bogra, at 5:00pm.
She will depart for Dhaka around 6:00pm.
The former prime minister was scheduled to visit Bogra on Friday but she postponed the tour until yesterday to mark the three-day mourning period over the death of President Zillur Rahman.
Khaleda requested that no gates be built on her way to welcome her. Likewise, she told party men in Bogra not to host a reception for her.
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