Dhaka opposition wants parliamentary debate on India pacts

February 17th, 2009 - 12:48 pm ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, Feb 17 (IANS) The opposition in Bangladesh wants to debate the pacts the Sheikh Hasina government signed with India last week.

Opposition leader and two-term former prime minister Khaleda Zia and her allies are boycotting parliamentary proceedings demanding front seats for most of its 32 members.

Zia complained of “injustice” when Speaker Abdul Hamid Tuesday again turned down the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led opposition lawmakers’ demand for holding discussion on these and other issues, adjourning the scheduled business of the house.

The opposition lawmakers had submitted 50 notices to the parliament secretariat with demands for having discussions on issues, including the government move to sign transit agreement with India, formation of regional anti-terrorism task force and Trade and Investment Framework Agreement with the US, The Daily Star said Wednesday.

Clarifying the rejection of all the notices, Speaker Abdul Hamid told the house that the contents of some of the notices were “based on assumption and not related to the rules of procedure of the Jatiya Sangsad (parliament)”.

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