At a roundtable discussion titled “Thought and Action on Prevailing Political Reality”, organized by citizen rights organisation Shushashoner Jonney Nagarik (Shujan), eminent speakers said the country at present is lacking effective leadership. The organisation proposed the formation of an investigative committee to determine who will make up the poll-time government. Former adviser to a caretaker government M Hafiz Uddin Khan presided over the programme. Veteran Barrister Rafique ul Haq, columnist Syed Abul Maksud, Former adviser to a caretaker government ASM Shahjahan, BNP leader Lt. Gen (retd.) Mahbubur Rahman, Dr Zafarullah Chowdhury of Gono Shasthya Kendra, eminent scientist Dr Rownak Jahan, Awami League leader Prof. Abu Sayeed, Sardar Amzad Hossain, Prof. Dr Asif Nazrul, and journalist Golam Murtaza were present at the programme among others.
At the discussion, Barrister Rafiqul urged both Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia to treat each other as friends and not as enemies. He said violence and rampage would have fallen by a great extent if there was a constitutional provision prohibiting any one person from becoming Prime Minister more than twice.
Syed Abul Maksud said at present the country is lacking effective judicial system and rule of law. As such the nation is being torn.
Dr. Zafarullah Chowdhury said as a nation we are now hostage at the hands of certain power hungry groups. The only solution at a time like this is national unity.
Dr. Asif Nazrul said the government is publicizing the opposition party’s demand for a caretaker government as a tool to foil war crimes trials. If the government continues to behave autocratically then there can be no resolution to the crisis.
In a written statement, Shujan Secretary Dr. Badiul Alam Majumdar proposed the formation of an investigative committee constituting of former chief justices whose duty would be to select the Chief Advisor to the poll-time government and suggest 15 names for the 10 advisory posts. He said the ruling party has to accept the mass demand for a neutral poll-time government.