Dhaka: Bangladesh`s main opposition party did not have a word to say on the execution of assassins of country`s founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, 35-years after the killers, ex-Army officers were handed out justice for the gruesome carnage.
Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) of ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia declined to make comments, according to the mass circulation Samakal.
Other newspapers also reported that senior BNP leaders refused to make any comment on the execution of the five August 15 putsch leaders.
"No reaction could be given without consultation with the (BNP) chairperson (Zia)," BNP standing committee, the highest policy making body of the party, Moudud Ahmed told newsmen though earlier he had welcomed the apex court judgement handing down the capital punishment to the killers.
BNP secretary general Khondokar Delwar Hossain could not be reached as he was undergoing treatment at a city facility but asked about the party reaction, the party’s senior Joint Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, however, said they had not yet taken any decision on giving a reaction.
"We will take our decision in consultation with the senior leaders including the secretary general," he said.
The New Age newspaper quoting BNP insiders said most of the leaders were happy at the execution of the killers but did not want to make comments individually on the "delicate" issue before the party gave its official reaction.
A senior BNP leader expressing anonymity told the mass circulation Prothom Alo that most party stalwarts were cautious about giving any reaction as individual reactions given by some leaders on the verdict of Bangabandhu murder case earlier on November 19, 2009 had irked their top brass including Zia.
The five death row convicts were executed after midnight Wednesday after more than 13 years of trial process while six other condemned ex-military officers were still on the run abroad while Bangladesh launched a massive diplomatic campaign also engaging Interpol to track them down and bring back home to be exposed to justice.
The only standing committee member of the party and ex-Army chief Mahbubur Rahman came up with a brief comment telling a Bengali wire-service that his party did not support any kind of killing.
"The apex court (Appellate Division of the Supreme Court) has given the verdict after a long trial and it has been executed," he said.