Shamima is not Bangladeshi citizen: MoFA


DHAKA, Feb 20, 2019 (BSS) – Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) today said Bangladesh asserted that Shamima Begum who had fled from the UK to join ISIS is not a Bangladeshi citizen.

“The Government of Bangladesh is deeply concerned that she has been erroneously identified as a holder of dual citizenship shared with Bangladesh alongside her birthplace,” a press release of Foreign affairs ministry said here today.

It said: “She is a British citizen by birth and has never applied for dual nationality with Bangladesh.”

The press release said it has come to ministry’s knowledge from different media sources that the Government of the United Kingdom has revoked the citizenship of one Shamima Begum on account of her radicalization in line with the ISIS outfit in Syria in the recent past.

The release mentioned that Shamima never visited Bangladesh in the past despite her parental lineage. “So, there is no question of her being allowed to enter into Bangladesh,” it added.

In this regard, the release said Bangladesh reiterates her firm commitment to adhere to the policy of zero tolerance against terrorism and violent extremism in all its forms and manifestation.