Govt awaits British response regarding Tarique

Dhaka, BdChronicle:

The government is waiting for a response from the British government regarding its request to initiate a process for sending back BNP vice chairman Tarique Rahman.

The letter written by Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali has already been handed over to British Foreign office apart from sending an electronic version of the letter, said a diplomatic source.

Earlier, State Minister for Foreign Affairs told UNB on Friday said the government has taken an initiative to bring back BNP Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman and has written to British government regarding the mater.

Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali sent the letter to the Bangladesh high commissioner to the UK.

He also asked the Bangladesh Mission to hand the letter over to UK foreign secretary Philip Hammond.

Earlier, the Foreign Ministry wrote to the British government for at least a couple of times to know about Tarque’s status and also informed that Tarique is wanted by court and asked the UK to send back him.

But there was no response from the UK government.

Tarique, the elder son of late president Ziaur Rahman and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, was given bail in cases filed by the then army-backed caretaker government led by Fakhruddin Ahmed, He was also allowed to travel to the UK in 2008 for medical treatment and has been living in the UK since then.

Source: BD Chronicle