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Khaleda enemy of the nation: Hanif

29 June,2013

Dhaka (RTNN): Awami League joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif on Saturday said opposition leader Khaleda Zia will ever be remembered as an “enemy of the nation” for pleading with the USA for the withdrawal of GSP (Generalised System of Preferences) facility to Bangladesh, reports UNB.
 
Claiming that Khaleda Zia had appointed lobbyists to persuade the US government for noncooperation with the current government, particularly for the withdrawal of GSP to Bangladesh exports to the US market, Hanif said, “It’s a shock to our economy. And Khaleda must apologise to the nation.”
 
He was addressing the inaugural session of the Council of District Representatives of Institution of Diploma Engineers Bangladesh at the IDEB Headquarters.
 
The AL joint general secretary also noted that Khaleda Zia in an article published in the Washington Times in January gave a general call to the US and the European countries for non-cooperation, including the withdrawal of GSP, with Bangladesh, only because of her dislike of AL.
 
“I wonder how she, being a former Prime Minister, can give a call that goes against the country’s interest,” he said.
 
Although the country’s apparel export to the USA is very insignificant compared to the total export, the GSP withdrawal will have a negative impact on the industry, he added.
 
Hanif said there is no denying of the fact that the readymade garment (RMG) industry in the country is lagging behind when it comes to various compliances, particularly the workers’ safety.
 
He added that the government must not be blamed for all the shortfalls as the RMG sector’s growth was mainly led by the private investors.
 
The programme was held with IDEB central executive committee president AAMA Hamid in the chair.

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