The Bangladesh Nationalist Party has dissolved its foreign relations committee.
The committee was dissolved on Saturday on a directive from acting BNP chairman Tarique Rahman, said a leader, adding that a new committee would be formed soon.
BNP leaders said that the decision was taken on several reasons, including a committee member’s attempt to engage foreign diplomats in the member’s family dispute, personality clashes amongst the committee members and inclusion of new members.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia formed the foreign relations committee before she was jailed for five years on February 8, 2018, with 10 members, including Abdul Moyeen Khan, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury, Enam Ahmed Chowdhury, Reaz Rahman, Sabih Uddin Ahmed and Serajul Islam.
The foreign relations committee used to brief foreign diplomats stationed in Dhaka about the country’s political situation and BNP’s policy and stances.
Two to three months after Khaleda Zia was jailed, new members, including Shama Obaed, Zeba Khan, Tabith Awal and Enamul Hoque Chowdhury, were inducted into the committee, party leaders said.
The induction of new members turned the committee into a mess, a senior committee member said.
He said that a member of the committee sent a letter to some embassies over the member’s family dispute informing that the member’s house located at the diplomatic zone in Dhaka might be attacked by extremists.
He added that the member’s spouse was dubbed as an extremist.
Some former Bangladeshi diplomats in the committee engaged in a quarrel at worst level in its meetings over proficiency in English, a member of said, adding that a former diplomat refrained from attending committee meetings.
BNP also thinks that the senior members of the committee have failed to convince foreign diplomats properly about the party’s policy, the party leaders said.
Committee member Fahima Nasrin Munni, also BNP assistant international affairs secretary, however, told New Age on Sunday that the committee was dissolved to reorganise it.
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