The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Sunday submitted a memorandum to chief adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed, demanding release of party chairperson Khaleda Zia, her sons Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman and all ‘political detainees’ before the Independence Day on March 26.
‘We demand that you use your good office to release all political detainees, including Khaleda Zia, Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman, before the Independence and National Day,’ said the memorandum.
BNP standing committee member RA Gani signed the two-page memorandum and acting office secretary Rizvi Ahmed carried it to the Chief Adviser’s Office.
Senior leaders of the party and its front organisations decided on March 19 to submit the memorandum seeking release of ‘political prisoners.’
Former prime minister Khaleda Zia, who had played an important role in restoring democracy and developing the country’s economy, has been detained for six months without any specific charge, said the memorandum.
The authorities could not yet submit charge sheet or probe the allegations against her, it said.
‘She was put into jail on fabricated charges and thus her basic rights were curbed,’ the party said in the memo.
It said, ‘It is regrettable and condemnable that a former prime minister of the country and her family members were subjected to inhuman harassment under a heinous conspiracy. The entire nation and important personalities abroad have protested and condemned the action against her.’
Rizvi told reporters that the party would decide the next course of action through discussion if Khaleda Zia, her sons and all detained political leaders are not set free before March 26.