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Quader: Govt has taken all initiatives for Tarique's return

  • Published at 01:04 pm February 15th, 2019
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Tarique is embroiled in over a dozen cases and has been convicted in graft cases

Ruling Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said the government has taken all possible initiatives to return convicted BNP leader Tarique Rahman to the country.

 Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, remarked this at a press briefing at the Awami League president's Dhanmondi political office, in Dhaka, on Friday morning.

He said: “Proper initiatives have been taken by the government to bring Tarique Rahman back. We are trying to bring him back through legal and diplomatic means.”

Quader also said, after losing the general election, BNP candidates were distressed by the loss, which motivated them to file cases with the election tribunal, rejecting the results.

“This is now a matter of the Election Commission and BNP. The Election Commission will deal with the cases and Awami League has nothing to do with it,” he added.

On the issue of Jamaat-e-Islami, Quader said: “Jamaat, is now internally conflicted over disagreements between their senior and young leaders. That is why they [Jamaat leadership] have not been able to make up their minds about the party’s future.”

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s elder son and also party’s Acting Chairman, Tarique Rahman, is currently living in London. 

Tarique is embroiled in a dozen cases and has been convicted in graft cases.

He was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment and fined Tk20 crore by the High Court in a money laundering case in 2016. 

He was also convicted—along with his mother Khaleda Zia—in the Zia Orphanage Trust case, where he was sentenced to 10 years' rigorous imprisonment and fined Tk2.10 crore.