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No law against expatriates’ interest: Anisul
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq Sunday said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will not enact any law that will go against the interests of her people.
The minister was speaking at a programme on the proposed Citizenship Act 2016 at the Bangladesh High Commission in London.
Except for the public servants, the draft of the law that was approved in the cabinet expanding the scope of having dual citizenship by expatriate Bangladeshis will not hamper their interests in any way, said the law minister.
Bangladesh High Commission in London organised the meeting on the proposed law to make its provisions clear to the expatriate population in the UK.
“Confusion is being created among the expatriate Bangladeshis on the proposed law to politicise the matter,” said State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam, who is accompanying the law minister.
The government will place the bill in the parliament after discussing it with all concerned, Shahriar added.
Dipu Moni, president of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, who is also visiting the country, said the issue of voter ID for expatriates is a matter for the Election Commission.
Md Nazmul Quaunine, Bangladesh High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, said that the meeting would serve to remove confusion prevailing among the expatriates regarding the law. A vested quarter is spreading propaganda about the law to misguide them, he said.
Among others, UK Awami League president Sultan Sharif, general secretary Faruk Ahmed, members of the British-Bangladeshi community, leaders of various Bangladeshi organisations and a good number of journalists attended the meeting.
The Cabinet has given its final approval to the draft of the 'Bangladesh Citizenship Bill, 2016' expanding the existing scope of getting dual citizenship by the expatriate Bangladeshis.
The approval means expatriate Bangladeshis staying in any country with which Bangladesh has diplomatic ties would be able to get dual citizenship through Bangladesh government's gazette notification.
The law incorporated and expanded the scope for getting dual citizenship by the expatriate Bangladeshi nationals since the expatriate Bangladeshis staying in the United States and Britain have long been enjoying such facility.
However it also places certain restrictions on what sort of activity they can engage in as dual citizens.