‘Latif Siddique to be expelled from AL’

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image_902_214822Posts and Telecommunications Minister Abdul Latif Siddique will be expelled from all post of Awami League for making controversial comments on Hajj, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said.

The prime minister made the disclosure while talking to the party members at the VIP lounge of Osmani International Airport in Sylhet on Thursday morning.

Awami League Organisational Secretary Advocate Misba Uddin Siraj confirmed the matter to the Dhaka Tribune.

Abdul Latif Siddique is a presidium member of Awami League.

Earlier, the government had decided to remove Latif Siddique from the cabinet.

However, no official statement was issued yet over the matter.

Sheikh Hasina said: “A sane person cannot make such comments hurting people’s religious sentiment. Hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam. I have also performed Hajj and Omrah several times. So if anyone from my cabinet and party makes such statements it will not be tolerated.”

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has returned home on Thursday morning from London concluding her ten-day visit to USA and UK.

A VVIP flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina left Heathrow International Airport at 6.55pm (London time) and landed at Osmani International Airport in Sylhet around 9am.

On September 22, the prime minister went New York to attend the 69th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).

From there she went London on September 29 on a private tour.

Earlier, on Sunday, Siddique made comments on hajj while addressing a reception arranged by the Tangail expatriates in New York.

The minister’s comments on hajj have sparked controversy at home and abroad.


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