Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said Monday those abstaining from joining in the national dialogue and cooperating in the ongoing national-level operation against "bomb terrorists" would be isolated from the people, reports UNB.
"They will be detached from people the way those tiny groups who are carrying out bombings got isolated," she observed, apparently in an oblique reference to the main opposition party, Awami League, in particular.
'People are extending their cooperation to the government-sponsored anti-bomber operation', Prime Minister Khaleda said adding that all bomb terrorists would be caught and brought to the law shortly. "It's a matter of time."
She made the observations during consultation with a delegation of Bangladesh Muslim League as part of the ongoing national dialogue to find out common ways to eliminate 'bomb terrorism'-a latest coinage in the wake of serial bombings in recent times. It was the ninth day's dialogue.
Prime Minister Khaleda lamented that when political parties, professional bodies, freedom fighters, alem-ulema took part in the dialogue and people's unity was built against bomb terrorism, some quarters were speaking against the dialogue.
She said those carrying out bomb terrorism are small groups of persons. "Those not coming up for dialogue as well as not cooperating in the current national-level operation against the bombers would be isolated from people like those small groups."
A 22-member BML delegation led by its President ANM Yusuf and secretary general Mohammad Nuruzzaman Munna took part in the ninth day's dialogue at the International Conference Centre at the PMO in the late afternoon.
After the meeting, the Muslim League secretary general told reporters that they supported the government action against bomb terrorists.
Prime Minister Khaleda said whatever development took place in Bangladesh in 36 years of its independence were the work of BNP done since the period of Shaheed President Ziaur Rahman.
"BNP and development are synonymous and people have understood if BNP remains in power, development takes place in the country," she said, adding those who were getting worried seeing this flow of development do not want to cooperate with the government because of their narrow political outlook.
Khaleda said all those who want to protect the country's independence and sovereignty, want development and alleviation of poverty, would come to the dialogue.
Terming poverty as one of the reasons of social problems Khaleda said when the government took a multifarious schemes to reduce poverty and got success through generating employment and investment, bomb terrorists were out to impede that success.
She noted that people of all faiths in the country were performing their religious activities freely and that no one here was a fanatic or a militant other than those troublemakers.
BNP Secretary General and LGRD Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan and PM's Political Secretary Harris Chowdhury were present on the occasion.