Don’t think govt is weak, warns Ashraf

The present government is capable of thwarting any bid to start a civil war to change the country’s political system, LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam said Wednesday.
Islam told a press conference that the ‘structure of democracy cannot be compromised with’.
He said the government acted with great restraint during the recent anarchy unleashed by the Jamaat-e-Islami to avoid too many casualties. “But taking that as our weakness will be a mistake.”
Islam said there was a concerted effort to discredit the Awami League by instigating the party’s rank and file to hit the streets to fight it out. “They want to provoke us into a civil war and we must avoid that trap … but we are not weak.”
“No matter how much they provoke for a civil war, the Awami League will not let anyone break the democratic system and replace it with another 1/11-type set-up,” the minister said.
On Jan 11 2007, a military-backed caretaker administration had taken charge and stayed in office for nearly two years, way beyond its constitutional limits.
When asked about banning the Jamaat, Syed Ashraful Islam said the government would take ‘appropriate decision at the right time’. (Source:

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