A fu­tile ex­er­cise

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

The par­lia­men­tary elec­tions in Bangladesh, sans the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the coun­try’s largest op­po­si­tion party - the Bangladesh Na­tional Party (BNP), has made the po­lit­i­cally volatile coun­try a laugh­ing stock in the eyes of the world. The out­come was ob­vi­ous and the en­tire episode has re­ceived world­wide con­dem­na­tion. The West has par­tic­u­larly been vo­cif­er­ous in its crit­i­cism.

If Bangladesh seeks a way for­ward that is in keep­ing with its strong demo­cratic tra­di­tions, the govern­ment of Bangladesh should make sin­cere en­deav­ors to pro­vide po­lit­i­cal space to all its cit­i­zens and po­lit­i­cal par­ties to freely ex­press their po­lit­i­cal views and ex­er­cise their right to vote with­out any fear or un­due hin­drance. On the other hand, one would be fully jus­ti­fied in ask­ing the op­po­si­tion to ex­er­cise re­straint and use such space peace­fully and re­spon­si­bly in the larger in­ter­est of the people and coun­try.

M. Fazal Elahi

Is­lam­abad, Pak­istan

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