01 November, 2020

Disfigure Of Speech

A tough-talking Hasina irks Musharraf, stirs up an uproar at home

Disfigure Of Speech

MINUTES before her scheduled meeting with General Pervez Musharraf, on September 8 at the United Nations in New York, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was told it had been postponed at the request of the Pakistani side. No specific reason was cited, but it left no one in doubt that her blistering attack a day earlier against military dictatorship in her speech at the Security Council prompted an embarrassed Islamabad to call it off.

Sheikh Hasina hadn’t named any particular country; her speech only harped on the pernicious effect and disastrous consequences of military rule worldwide. Succinctly, the Bangladesh prime minister wanted the international community to shun those countries where democratically-elected governments had been overthrown by generals.

But the aggressive tone and the invective she employed to denounce military dictatorships, and the tough action she proposed against the despots, visibly angered Gen Musharraf - the only military ruler who was present among the 150-odd heads of government who attended the recent...



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