Pakistan cricket team’s appeal against 21 members rejected

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A Dhaka court has rejected a petition filed against 21 members of the country’s cricket team for displaying Pakistan’s national flag at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka’s Mirpur without permission from the Bangladesh government.

Dhaka Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Abu Bakar Siddique passed the order on Thursday. The information was confirmed to the media by the bench assistant of the court Parvez Ahmed. The court noted in the order that the government has no sanction to file the case. Therefore, the application to take the case was rejected.

Mohammad Al Mamun, general secretary of an organization called Bangladesh Muktiyuddha Mancha, filed the petition today. The court first recorded the plaintiff’s statement. The plaintiff’s application was later dismissed.

After filing the petition, the plaintiff’s lawyer Anis Uz Zaman said that according to the Bangladesh flag rules, the national flag of Bangladesh is a symbol of independence, sovereignty and dignity. In order for a foreign national to display his country’s national flag in this country, prior approval of the government is required.

However, members of the Pakistan cricket team displayed the country’s national flag at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on November 15. But they did not get any approval from the Bangladesh government. They later applied to the Bangladesh Cricket Board for permission to display the flag. Through this, the members of the Pakistan cricket team have committed a criminal offense under the Bangladesh National Anthem, Flag and Symbol Order 1972. Therefore, a petition was filed in the court against 21 members of the Pakistan cricket .

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