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Parliament in Bangladesh adopts Obituary Reference


Lawmakers Sunday spent much time on what could be the better option-political or military-to end the mutiny at the BDR headquarters as parliament condoled on the death of army officers in the carnage.

Treasury-bench members appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for choosing the path of peaceful political solution of the February 25-26 mutiny to avert more casualties.

Opposition BNP members, however, felt that negotiated resolution was a delayed process causing the casualties to go up.

The difference of opinion came during emotive discussions on an obituary reference to the army officers in BDR command killed during the mutiny at the paramilitary Bangladesh Rifles Headquarters.

Many members observed that the BDR incident was an outcome of a conspiracy from outside to weaken the Bangladesh military, which must be investigated.

All members expressed unanimous opinion on transparent investigation and tough punishment to the culprits so that such dastardly incident cannot take place in the future.

Ruling grand alliance members Abdur Razzak, Suranjit Sengupta, Abdul Jalil, Commerce Minister Col (retd) Farooq Khan, Civil Aviation Minister GM Qader, Rashed Khan Menon, Mirza Azam, State Minister for LGRD Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Sheikh Selim, Maj Gen (retd) Subed Ali Bhuiyan and Hasanul Huq Inu and BNP members MK Anwar, Nurul Islam Manju, Shaheed Uddin Chowdhury Anny and Abul Khair Bhuiyan, Opposition Chief Whip Joynul Abedin Farook and Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon and Jatiya Party chairman HM Ershad and Ruhul Amin Howlader spoke on the condolence motion as the discussion continued till 7:30pm.

The members from the both sides offered profound condolences for those army officers killed in the mutiny and called for an extensive inquiry to identify and punish the killers and their provocateurs.

They stressed national unity at the critical time of the nation transcending party politics. The parliament adopted an obituary reference.

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