Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Friday claimed an effort is still being hatched to turn the country into a 'puppet state.'
She also underscored the need for a national unity to protect the integrity of the country's independence and democracy.
"A section of local and foreign groups are still hatching conspiracy to destroy our independence, sovereignty and democracy," the BNP chief observed in a message marking the 45th Independence Day.
"A national unity is needed to protect the country from their conspiracy," she added.
The former prime minister also said the country's people fought valiantly in the War of Independence in 1971to build a democratic country free from injustice and exploitation.
"But, we cannot achieve the goal as fascist and autocratic forces have created hindrances in many ways. Our democratic journey and efforts to gain economic progress is affected. Our sovereignty has also been weakened due to the local and foreign level conspiracies," Khaleda also claimed.
"We, all the country's people, must remain alert to keep our country well protected from such conspiracies," she reitarated.