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Indian high commissioner to Bangladesh Harsha Bardhan Shringla having some chats with BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir during an iftar programme hosted by the party at a city hotel. Photo: Collected/Collected

BNP hosts iftar

shares concern over democracy with diplomats

WT24 Desk

Country’s main principle opposition political party Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) on Sunday shared its concern with foreign diplomats that the democratic future of Bangladesh will be at stake if the next general election is not held in a fair and credible manner with the participation of all parties.

 “If we fail to ensure holding of a free, fair, acceptable and inclusive election, the democratic future of the country will be destroyed,” BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told an Iftar party at Westin hotel in the capital, reports UNB.

BNP hosted the iftar party in honour of foreign diplomats working in Bangladesh on the third day of the fasting month of Ramadan.

In absence of its chairperson and former prime minister Khaleda Zia, Fakhrul chaired the programme. Khaleda used to host iftar for foreign diplomats during Ramadan every year.

Ambassadors, high commissioners, mission chiefs, charge d’ affaires and other envoys from about 35 countries attended the iftar.

“In today’s globalised world when we share our concern with our foreign friends, we’re also convinced that we’ll have to take forward our struggle of our own,” said Fakhrul.

In a brief address prior to iftar, Fakhrul said, “I welcome you with a heavy heart to this Iftar gathering. I’m sure many of you here are missing the presence of Begum Khaleda Zia. She’s been spending a difficult time within the four walls of an abandoned house re-designated as a prison for no fault of hers. As days pass the travesty of justice is getting exposed every day.”

Sixteen high commissioners and ambassadors, including dean of diplomatic corps, ambassador of Vatican to Bangladesh archbishop George Kocherry, Chinese ambassador Zhang Zuo, Indian high commissioner Harsha Bardhan Shringla, Canadian high commissioner Benoit Prefontaine, Australian high commissioner Julia Niblett and Netherlands’ ambassador Leoni Margaretha Cuelenaere, were present.

Besides, envoys from the USA, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, Norway, Pakistan, Denmark, Sweden, Vietnam, France, the Maldives, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Iran, the EU and some other countries and international organisations attended the programme.

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