BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir has complained of 13 mistakes in the letter forwarded by State Minister for Foreign Affairs, Md Shahriar Alam, questioning the Bangladeshi citizenship of BNP Acting Chairman, Tarique Rahman.
"It is unnatural that the British government would make such mistakes," said Fakhrul at a press briefing held at BNP headquarters in Naya Paltan around 11am on Tuesday.
Pointing out 13 specific mistakes in the letter, he further said: "An error-filled mysterious copy of a letter from the British Home Office has been published. How weak the machinations of this government are! Even the name of the person who signed this letter has not been mentioned."
According to Fakhrul, the department name at the top of the letter, which reads "Bangladesh Embassy", should read "High Commission of Bangladesh" instead.
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This image shows the letter from the British Home Office regarding the passports of Tarique Rahman, his wife and daughter to the Bangladesh High Commission in London Courtesy
Other than that, Fakhrul said the telephone and fax numbers underneath the department name, the mention of four passports on the top but one passport at the end, the use of "Dear Sirs" instead of "Dear Sir" to address, and other discrepancies point out that the letter might have been forged.
"We have already asked the British Home Office about the origin of this letter," said Fakhrul. "There is no reason why Tarique Rahman's citizenship would be revoked."
The secretary general further claimed that the government has brought this issue forward to cover up the issue of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's illness, who is currently imprisoned in the old Dhaka Central Jail after being accused in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
"We could not inquire about Khaleda Zia's health for the last 10-12 days," said Mirza Fakhrul. "Our representatives have already raised the matter with the Home Minister."
Other than the secretary general, BNP standing committee member Mirza Abbas, Nazrul Islam Khan, Vice-Chairman Barkat Ullah Bulu, Senior Joint Secretary General Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, and others were present during the press briefing.