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Caretaker provision contradicts democratic system: Shafique
DHAKA, Mar 13 (BSS) - Law Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed today reiterated the government stance about the un-elected caretaker government provision saying the provision contradicts the democratic system.

"A un-elected government cannot operate in a democratic system," he told a meet the press programme in line with the Supreme Court verdict that invalidated the system calling it unconstitutional.

Talking to journalists at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) here, the minister said the way of restoration of the caretaker system has been closed, as un-elected government system cannot continue in a democratic state.

"The Election Commission (EC) is responsible for a fair poll. An independent and strong commission is mandatory to hold a free, fair and peaceful general election," the minister said mentioning the recent polls held during the current government tenure.

Replying to a query of journalists on recent 'unruly' activities of ruling party's student-wing, he said none is above the law.

While his attention was drawn to bringing back the fugitive killers of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Shafique Ahmed said the process to bring them back (killers) home is in progress. About the trial of the war criminals, he said another tribunal would be constituted by this month.

"The law regarding the International Crimes Tribunal has been amended to make it more fair and acceptable. There is no scope to confuse anyone with the trial process," the minister added.
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