A Muslim cannot kill another: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wonders how those practicing Islam can bring themselves to burning people alive in the name of political agitations.

Senior Correspondentbdnews24.com
Published : 14 Feb 2015, 10:11 AM
Updated : 14 Feb 2015, 10:11 AM

The BNP-led coalition’s ongoing agitations have killed over 60 people, mostly in incidents of arson, across Bangladesh since Jan 5.

Hasina, speaking at the ‘International Sufi Conference 2015’ asked the religious leaders to raise public awareness against ‘misdeeds’ of the BNP alliance.

Awami League’s ally Tariqat Federation organised Saturday’s programme in Dhaka.

The prime minister hoped Allah would bring the violent agitators to their senses.

“How can humans burn other humans!” she wondered.

She said Islam was modern, progressive and a religion of peace.

“Those burning people to death in the name of Islam are only defaming it,” Hasina added.

‘They don’t respect Islam’

The prime minister said the opposition alliance had killed hundreds of people during their shutdowns and blockades.

Hasina alleged her bitter political rival BNP chief Khaleda Zia was trying to “burn democracy to protect her ill-gotten wealth”.

“She’s afraid of facing trial,” Hasina claimed.

Khaleda, her elder son Tarique Rahman and several BNP leaders are being tried in two corruption cases.

The prime minister said deaths caused by sabotage made her “very sad”.

“These killings are being done to fulfil a personal agenda,” she alleged.

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