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Bangladesh army says won't meddle in political crisis

Iran Press TV

Mon Feb 9, 2015 4:11PM

Bangladesh military says it has no plans to intervene to end the country's political crisis.

'The armed forces is [sic] a patriotic organization that is totally respectful to the country's constitution and laws,' read the statement issued by the Bangladeshi military late Sunday.

The military also warned the Bangladeshi media against filing 'speculative and imaginary' reports about the army's role in the country's deepening unrest since they 'could create confusion among the people.'

'Under this circumstance, all concerned are requested to remain cautious enough while disseminating information or comments about the army,' the statement added.

On January 6, the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), led by former prime minister, Khaleda Zia, called for a nationwide transport blockade as part of efforts to overthrow the government of incumbent Premier Sheikh Hasina and pave the way for new elections.

Bangladeshi authorities have recently put more pressure on 69-year-old Zia, who has been confined in her office at the opposition headquarters in Dhaka since January 3.

Since the start of the blockade, at least 80 people have died and a large number of cars and buses have been set ablaze or damaged. Several trains have been also derailed.

Hasina, who was re-elected in the January 2014 polls, has warned Zia of "dire consequences" if such incidents continue. The election had been boycotted by the opposition in the country.

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