Update April 23, 2018

Dhaka 12-26 pm, 06-August, 2020

Shahriar reiterates Tarique returned passport

Mirajul Moin Joy

State Minister for Foreign Affairs M Shahriar Alam

23 April 2018, Nirapad News: Defending his earlier remark on BNP acting chairman Tarique Rahman, state minister for foreign affairs M Shahriar Alam at a press conference on Monday presented some documents to prove that the former had returned his passport to Bangladesh High Commission in London through the British Home Office.

Speaking at a press conference at his Gulshan residence, the state minister said the passports of Tarique, his wife and daughter were returned to the High Commission on June 2 through the British Home Office.

“Now they’ve no travel document to come to Bangladesh,” he added.

Replying to a question whether Tarique is now a Bangladeshi citizen, Shahriar said, “I do not think so.”

Shariar also said this is interesting that a convicted criminal has sent him a legal notice.

He, however, said he will face things legally if Tarique files any case against him.

Addressing a reception hosted by the UK Awami League in honour of prime minister Sheikh Hasina in London, Shahriar said Tarique, living in London, gave up his nationality by handing over his Bangladesh passport to the UK Home Office almost four years ago.

The UK Home Office then sent his passport to the Bangladesh High Commission, he added.

Earlier in the day, Tarique sent a legal notice to Shahriar asking him to prove by 10 days his remark that he has relinquished his nationality by submitting his Bangladeshi passport.

Or else, the BNP leader threatened to file both criminal and civil cases against Shahriar Alam.

On behalf of Tarique, BNP law affairs secretary Kaiser Kamal sent the notice by post to the foreign ministry’s address.

BNP also protested the state minister’s comment and challenged the Bangladesh High Commission to show Tarique Rahman’s Bangladeshi passport if he had submitted it.

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