Tarique Rahman sued under DSA for calling Zia ‘father of nation’

Staff Correspondent | Published: 10:44, Mar 01,2021 | Updated: 01:11, Mar 02,2021


Tarique Rahman

Bangladesh Nationalist Party acting chairman Tarique Rahman, who has been staying abroad since 2008, was sued under the Digital Security Act for saying that his father Ziaur Rahman was ‘the father of the nation of Bangladeshi nationalism.’

Dhaka University’s Shahidullah Hall unit Bangladesh Chhatra League leader Muhammad Zahidul Islam filed the case with Shahbagh police station on February 25.

Dhaka Metropolitan Police Ramna division deputy commissioner Sajjadur Rahman said that the Dhaka University student filed the case naming Tarique Rahman.

The police are investigating the matter, he added.

According to the case statement, Tarique, while speaking on the occasion of the BNP’s founding anniversary in London, said, ‘Those who are present at the meeting today and who are connected through cameras and technology, we all can decide together that our leader president Ziaur Rahman is the father of the nation of Bangladeshi nationalism.’

He said, ‘Ziaur Rahman is not only the father of the Bengali nation, also the father of the people who live in 55,126 square miles of area, who identify themselves as Bangladeshi,’ according to the complaint.

The plaintiff said that Tarique Rahman, in the meeting, provided this fabricated and false information with the intention of destabilising Bangladesh.

He tried to distort history by spreading misleading information about the father of the nation.

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