Latif Siddique opposes AD verdict

Staff Correspondent | Published: 19:34, Aug 19,2017 | Updated: 20:50, Aug 19,2017


Former minister Abdul Latif Siddique speaks at a news conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity on Saturday.-- Focusbangla photo


Ousted leader of the ruling Awami League Abdul Latif Siddique on Saturday opposed the Appellate Division’s verdict that upheld scrapping of the 16th amendment to the constitution saying that the verdict had seized the rights of the people.

The former minster and also a former presidium member of Awami League at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity giving his personal opinion said the verdict was contrary to parliament and some observations of the verdict had created scopes for conspirators.

Excepting the prime minster and the law minster, most of the ruling Awami League had failed to take proper stand to face the verdict, Latif Siddique said.

The verdict and some observations in it had created scopes for the conspirators to criticise the government, he said.    

Terming the people of the country the owners of the country, he criticised the observation of that termed parliament members as 'immature '. He said that they are the elected representatives of the people and they enact laws for the country.

It was Latif’s first appearance befoe media after he was sacked from Sheikh Hasina’s cabinet and expelled from the Awami League in 2014 for ‘hurting religious sentiments of the Muslims’ through his Hajj related comments.

Latif said the choice of words in the verdict by the Appellate Division denied the sovereignty of the people and echoed the Pakistani Supreme Court's voice. 'Behind every verdict of Pakistani Supreme Court, there remains the Cantonment.'

 Latif’s wife Laila Siddique and some people of his Tangail constituency attended the press conference. 

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