Bangladesh to restore 'secularism' in constitution

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Dhaka, Jul 29: The Bangladesh Supreme Court announced the restoration of 'secularism' as one of the basic tenets in Bangladesh constitution.

The apex court on Wednesday, Jul 28 observed that martial law proclamations by omitting secularism, one of the state policy from the Constitution, destroyed one of the basis of Bangladesh struggle for freedom and also changed the basic character of the Republic as enshrined in the preamble as well as in the Article 8(1) of the Constitution.

"Preamble and the relevant provisions of the Constitution in respect of secularism, nationalism and socialism, as existed on August 15, 1975, will revive." said apex court in a 186-page ruling.

New Age newspaper reported that apex court verdict had placed obstacles in the way of Sheikh Hasina's government to push through the constitution"s review by the parliamentary committee.

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