Staff Correspondent
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader on Thursday said Bangladesh does not want to see any war between Indian and Pakistan and that it wants peace between the two neighbouring countries.
“We want to see a peaceful coexistence of the two States,” he said, however adding that Bangladesh will not support any sort of terrorism.
Quader, also Awami League General Secretary, came up with these remarks in reply to a question about Bangladesh’s stand on the latest and escalating conflict between the two nuclear-armed rivals in the subcontinent while he was inspecting the construction work of Kanchpur and Meghna Bridge at Sonargaon in Narayanganj district.
Replying to another query regarding BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s claim that the government continued conspiring to push the party’s ‘seriously sick’ Chairperson Khaleda Zia to death by ‘depriving’ her of medical treatment in jail Quader called upon Fakhrul not to do politics centring Begum Khaleda Zia’s treatment.
“It is the court that has sent her (Khaleda Zia) to jail. But BNP is constantly trying to do politics over Begum Khaleda Zia’s treatment. I’m calling upon the BNP leaders not to do politics over her treatment,” he said.
“The construction work of second Kanchpur Bridge at a cost of Tk 900 crore has already been completed. Prime Minister will inaugurate the bridge on March 10 through video conference,” Quader said.
He said the second Meghna Bridge will be inaugurated in May while the second Gomoti Bridge will be opened before the Eid-ul-Fitr.
“The cumulative construction cost of these three bridges is Tk 8000 crore,” he said.
Referring to the Dhaka North City Corporation polls, Quader said the atmosphere could have turned more festive had all the major political parties taken part in the in the election.
“However, the election was held in a peaceful manner,” he mentioned.