AL leader Hanif claims news of Joy-Safadi meeting is BNP-staged drama

Mahbub-Ul Alam Hanif said in a media conference on Saturday that he came to know through “several media that BNP leaders in London are spreading rumours about the meeting”.

The Awami League joint general secretary said, “The drama aims at diverting people’s attention from the conspiracy, hatched with Israel, to topple the government that came to light after the arrest of BNP leader Aslam Chowdhury.”

Chowdhury is in jail on charges of sedition over plot with Israel to oust the current Awami League government. His arrest follows publication of his photos with Israeli Likud Party leader Safadi in India.

In a report published on Friday, BBC Bangla said Safadi told them in an interview that he met Joy in the latter’s office in Washington DC last year.

Hanif claimed London-based BNP leader Jacob Milton, and not any BBC journalist, took the interview to “stage the drama”.

He said Milton “intentionally” asked Safadi whether the Israeli politician met any Bangladeshi before Chowdhury.

“Safadi replied he met someone. From the question it was clear that it was pre-planned,” Hanif said.

“They have recorded the drama and asked BBC Bangla to make a feature story on it,” he said.

“It’s unacceptable and regrettable that an organisation like BBC published a borrowed interview,” he added.

Hanif also said Awami league would “certainly” protest the news.

Source: Bangladesh’s First Internet Newspaper