General Secretary of Bangladesh Chhatra League Sheikh Wali Asif Inan clarified his position regarding the statement calling for the withdrawal of Peter Haas, the United States ambassador posted in Dhaka. He said, I did not want to say anything by attacking him personally. What I have said, I have said the words in the traditional Bengali sense of humor.
He told Jago News when asked about his position on the speech made to US Ambassador Peter Haas on Saturday (November 11) evening.
Bangladesh Chhatra League held a rally at the foot of Dhaka University’s Raju Sculpture on Wednesday (November 8) to protest against BNP-Jamaat’s ‘hartal, blockade, terror and violence to prevent the progress of youth, disrupt education and create instability in educational institutions’. In the rally organized, Central General Secretary of BCL Sheikh Wali Asif called US Ambassador Peter Haas as a ‘patron’ of BNP-Jamaat and called him back to the country.
When asked about his position on this speech, he said, I did not want to say anything by attacking him personally. What I want to say as a student and a member of the student community is that all countries have internal democratic rights. I believe that the United States is a democratic country. Peter Haas is a respected diplomat. He is representing the United States in Bangladesh. He should help the democratic environment of Bangladesh. Bangladesh had a very friendly relationship with America, which will continue in the days to come. The ideal of the father of the nation is friendship with all and enmity with none. I believe in that. I did not attack Peter Haas personally or speak with any ill will towards him. What I have said is the words that I have said in the traditional Bengali sense of humor. I did not say anything against him personally or harmful to him.
He said that any decision of Bangladesh will be taken by the people of Bangladesh Students of Bangladesh will exercise their right to vote themselves. Bangladesh’s current development progress and fair, normal and constitutional electoral process will help to organize it.
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