Quader hopes Oikya Front won’t bring Jamaat to talks

| Updated: October 31, 2018 19:26:08

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Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader hopes that the Jatiya Oikya Front will not allow the Jamaat-e-Islami to join the dialogue with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

“I think there is no scope here (dialogue) for any party that has no registration," he said in a news conference at the Secretariat on Tuesday.

On Monday, five years after the High Court ruled that the Jamaat-e-Islami’s status as a political party be revoked, the Election Commission has executed the orders in a gazette.

Meanwhile, the prime minister invited the Jatiya Oikya Front led by Dr Kamal Hossain to talks in an effort to break an impasse over the next general election. The dialogue will be held at Ganabhaban at 7pm Thursday, reports bdnews24.

Asked to comment on any possibility of a Jamaat leader taking part in the dialogue with the prime minister, Quader said: “It seems to me that there’s no confusion. Dr Kamal Hossain said that he would not be with Jamaat. Didn’t he? Let’s see what he does. "

When he was reminded that Oikya Front leader Mahmudur Rahman Manna’s party is not registered either, he said, “It is up to him [Kamal Hossain] to choose representatives for the dialogue.”

“There will be discussions in an open atmosphere. Otherwise, we would not have arranged a dinner. We will talk in total openness.”

The AL general secretary firmly said that there was no option for dialogue with any political party other than the Jatiya Oikya Front.

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