Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Khaleda Zia has been issued an arrest warrant by a local court for her controversial birthday celebrations on August 15, which is observed as National Mourning Day in the country commemorating founding leader Mujibur Rahman’s assassination in 1975.
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is Rahman’s daughter.
According to PTI, “(Zia) was summoned by the court but she did not appear during three previous hearings… So the magistrate issued the arrest warrant in line with legal procedure.”
Reports suggest that Zia is unlikely to get arrested because court had given her four months to comply with the order.
Zia started celebrating her birthday on August 15 in 1996, the year Hasina’s party Awami League returned to power.
A journalist filed a case in this saying Zia chose this date only to ridicule Rahman.
The scribe had alleged that Zia had shown various dates as her birthday. According to Zia’s marriage certificate she was born on August 9, 1944, her first passport says the date is August 5, her school final exam marksheet says she was born on September 5, 1946, while her official biography published in 1991 says the date is August 19, 1945.
Gazi Zahir,the journalist who filed the complaint said :“I have submitted copies of all these documents before the court as none of those suggest that she was born on August 15.”
Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed, elder son of Hasina and ICT affairs adviser said the former Prime Minister displayed “real bad taste” by celebrating her “fake” birthday on August 15.