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'I already declared Latif's removal from cabinet'

  • Published at 12:55 pm October 3rd, 2014

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said she has already declared that minister Latif Siddique will be removed from both the cabinet and Awami League for making controversial comments on Hajj.

The premier made the statement in response to a journalist's query during the question-answer session after briefing media about the outcomes of her recent visit to New York.

"The decision will be executed as per rules and procedures," she said.

Replying to another query, Sheikh Hasina said Latif Siddique is in trouble for his recent anti-Islamic comments, not the government.

She said Latif Siddique's remark is not acceptable to anyone.

"I did not delay in taking decision for the action against Latif Siddique as soon as I heard about the matter," she added.

Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology minister Latif Siddique made derogatory remarks against Hajj and Tablig Jamaat at a views-exchange meeting with expatriates from Tangail in New York on September 28.

The remarks made by Siddique, also presidium member of the Awami League, triggered widespread criticisms both at home and abroad, embarrassing the government.