Hasina’s release, a good decision
Saturday, 14 June 2008

It is a good decision to allow Sheikh Hasina to leave the country for better treatment abroad at least from the humane point of view. This might prove to be comfort for all those who considered dragging a seriously sick Hasina to courts again and again cruel, undesirable and vindictive. The supersonic speed in which the very courts that did not suspend the proceedings even if temporarily on health grounds cleared the legal barriers standing in the way of her going abroad has left many wondering about the newfound independence of the judiciary. Many basic questions remain unanswered. The caretaker government and those who are behind it shall have to reconcile to the reality that no political solution to the current impasse is possible with Sheikh Hasina and Begum Khaleda Zia not playing the leading roles in the process. The tumultuous welcome Hasina received after her release from the sub-jail proves the point, The character, mood and allegiance of the voters cannot be changed through reforms or orders these will change with the change in the society. People have seen the two in power and they must have drawn their own conclusions. It will make sense if they are given more opportunities of exposing themselves in the hope that a day will come when they may not win even from one constituency following voters’ disenchantment with them. All eyes are now on Khaleda Zia. So far she has been indicted in one case only This may not be enough to convince the public that she needs to be in prison indefinitely. How to deal with her is the CG’s headache.

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