National polls: BNP seeks direct UN help

Kalerkantho Online   

14 September, 2018 19:36 PM

National polls: BNP seeks direct UN help

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File photo

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BNP has sought the United Nations’ direct assistance for the upcoming eleventh parliamentary elections in Bangladesh slated to be held by the last week of December this year.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir sought the help from the United Nations while meeting with UN Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Miroslav Jenča, held at the UN headquarters on Thursday.

According to the party insiders, BNP wanted permission to meet United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres. As UN chief stayed in Ghana to attend the funeral of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, BNP met Miroslav Jenča on the day.

The release of the party chief Begum Khaleda Zia and what the party said the oppression of ruling Awami League (AL) government against opposition parties are reportedly discussed in during the meeting.

However, no official statement has been disclosed by BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir regarding the meeting.

While talking to journalists waiting outside the UN headquarters, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said: "We came here to meet the UN officials at the invitation of the UN Secretary-General. We discussed the overall ongoing political situation of Bangladesh including upcoming elections."

Mirza Fakhrul was accompanied by party's Executive Committee Member Tabith Awal and Assistant Foreign Secretary Humayun Kabir during the meeting.