BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Tuesday claimed that party acting chairman Tarique Rahman submitted his passport to the UK Home Office to get political asylum.
“Like other prominent politicians and anti-government personalities in the world, Tarique sought political asylum abroad and got it. As part of this procedure, he submitted his passport,” he said.
Fakhrul made the claim while addressing a press conference held at the BNP central office in the capital to give a formal reaction over Tarique’s citizenship issue.
Tarique has been given travel permit by the UK as per its existing law, Fakhrul said, adding that whenever he will be physically fit to return home, he can apply for getting back his passport like other citizens.
The BNP secretary general said the submission of Tarique’s passport doesn’t mean that he has relinquished his nationality.
“It’s nothing but a motivated propaganda…..We are protesting and denouncing the illogical and unlawful remarks about Tarique’s citizenship.”
Fakhrul called upon all concerned to stop spreading propaganda about Tarique’s citizenship.
“People are waiting to see a reply to the legal notice served on the state minister for foreign affairs in Bangladesh.”
Claiming that Tarique is undergoing treatment in the UK, Fakhrul said government ministers and others are making ‘derogatory’ comments about him in his absence.
“The speeches of important persons of the government and the ruling party (Awami League) make it clear that Tarique’s life is not safe in Bangladesh.”
BNP and its front and associate organisations will form a human chain in front of the National Press Club in the capital this morning, demanding party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s release from jail.