A Dhaka court on Thursday issued arrest warrant against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in a case filed over undermining Bangladesh’s map and national flag.
The order was passed by Metropolitan Magistrate Nur Nabi due to Khaleda Zia’s failure to appear before the court despite it asking her repeatedly to attend today’s hearing.
The officer-in-charge of Gulshan Police Station has also been directed to submit a report within November 12 regarding the execution of the arrest warrant.
A petition was submitted by AB Siddique seeking an arrest warrant for Khaleda on September 17. Afterwards Khaleda was warned of arrest warrant by the same court if she fails to appear before it today.
AB Siddique is the president of Bangladesh Jananetri Parishad, a pro-Awami League organisation.
Siddique on November 3 filed the case with the court, which accused Khaleda and her late husband and former president Ziaur Rahman of undermining the country’s map and national flag.
The case statement said Zia had taken over as the country’s president after the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman along with most of his family members on August 15, 1975. Hasina was also threatened by him and he confined her after she arrived in the country from abroad on May 17, 1981.
In 2001, Khaleda had formed a coalition government with Jamaat-e-Islami. Jamaat-e-Islami leaders were appointed as Ministers by her. She handed over the map and the national flag of independent Bangladesh to them even though they fought against the country during the Liberation War, the statement read.
The case statement added that those Those activities were tantamount to undermining the country’s map and national flag.