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Writ seeks ban on sale of Liberation War firearms

  • Published at 11:05 pm November 15th, 2020
The weapons that were dug out from Aminpara area of Brahmanbaria's Sarail upazila on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 Brahmanbaria Collected

The writ seeks preservation of the arms for generations to come

A writ petition was filed with the High Court (HC) on Sunday seeking a ban on the sale of firearms which were used during the Liberation War of the country in 1971.

Supreme Court Lawyer ZI Khan Panna and Ain o Salish Kendra filed the writ petition.

Secretaries of Defence Ministry, Finance Ministry, Liberation War Ministry, and Commerce Ministry were made respondents to the writ.

A report of Daily Prothom Alo stating that the government wants to sell firearms of the Liberation War was also attached with the petition.

The writ also sought a High Court rule seeking explanation why selling firearms should not be declared illegal.

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It also sought preservation of the arms for future generations.

The report said Importers from the United States and Switzerland are interested in buying firearms as antique souvenirs.

According to Export Policy 2018-21, Bangladesh has no scope of exporting old or new arms as the country follows “everything but arms” policy for export, the newspaper report said.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), Armed Forces and Defence Ministry have been trying to come up with a solution over the matter for the past few years, it added.