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Sheikh Hasina hits back at Fakhrul for his satellite remark


Cnews: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday called BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir an imbecile and ignorant man for raising a question about the ownership of the country's first satellite, Bangabandhu-1.

“Of course, Bangladesh is the owner of this satellite, Bangladesh government is the owner of this satellite like other government entities,” she said.

The Prime Minister said this while responding to a supplementary question from ruling party MP Fazilatun Nasa Bappy during the PM’s question-answer session in Parliament.

The BNP secretary general at a programme last month alleged that the ownership of the country's first satellite, Bangabandhu-1, went to two people, but he did not mention their names.

The Prime Minister said two people must not be the owners of the Bangabandhu-1. “This is shameful to make such comments,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina, however, said if anyone takes any transponder of the satellite on rent then that person could use a specific space.

Of the 40 transponders of the satellite, Bangladesh can use at best 20, she said adding, “The rest of the transponders can be used by Saarc member countries and Indonesia, the Philippines, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.”

The Prime Minister wondered why the BNP secretary general made such comments. “Such remarks cannot be made if anyone has love for the country and its people, and if one believes in the Independence of the country. When the whole nation is very happy with the launching of the satellite, why the BNP is so upset?”

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