Khaleda must face trial : Hasina
- Terming the BNP chairperson ‘a leader of militants’, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Khaleda Zia must face trial for harbouring militancy and violence.
- “We have to put up resistance against those extremists who are killing innocent people”, the Prime Minister said while addressing a big rally marking the historic March 7, when in 1971 the country’s founding father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman directed the people to resist the Pakistan occupation forces. Mujib, in the 7th March historic speech, a few weeks before Bangladesh waged the national war, also called on his people to wage a decisive struggle against the Pakistan junta.
- Referring to the two months-long violent agitation that left over 100 dead, mostly in fire bomb attacks, Ms. Hasina, also the president of the ruling Awami League party, deplored that the “defeated force of 1971” has been carrying out attacks on innocent people and killing them.
- As the BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami led coalition extended its 61-day long blockade and hartal for more 72 hours, several crude bombs have exploded in Dhaka’s Karwan Bazar after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s convoy passed the area to the capital’s Suhrawardi Udyan to join historic 7th March rally.
U.S. confident of Iraq reclaiming Tikrit
- Iraqi forces faced tough resistance from jihadist fighters around Tikrit on Saturday, but the top U.S. military officer, General Martin Dempsey, said ahead of a Baghdad visit that victory was only a matter of time.
- The U.S. military announced that a string of 26 air strikes over two weeks had succeeded in forcing IS out of Al-Baghdadi, a small town near a large Iraqi base in western Iraq where U.S. advisers are stationed. Iraqi forces spent the operation’s first days clearing outlying areas and are now closing in on Tikrit itself.