Wednesday, 1 December, 2021
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BNP can bring foreign physicians for Khaleda: Law Minister

Law Minister Anisul Huq on Saturday said BNP can bring physicians from abroad for Khaleda Zia’s treatment if they want and there will be no obstruction from the government side.

“But BNP should keep in mind that the government won’t do anything going beyond the law as Khaleda has been convicted by a Bangladesh court,” he insisted.

The minister said this joining virtually an extended meeting of Awami league held at Akhaura municipality auditorium over the upcoming Union Parishad elections.

Anisul Huq said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina out of humanity has done as much as she could do for the BNP chairperson to facilitate a convict following the law.

Khaleda, a 76-year-old former prime minister, was readmitted to Evercare Hospital on 13 November, six days after she had returned home from the hospital.

The BNP chief's physicians said she has been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, ophthalmological and dental complications.

They also said she is now suffering from critical cardiac, kidney problems while her blood sugar is out of control and hemoglobin level in her blood has dropped.

On behalf of the family, Khaleda's younger brother, Shamim Iskander, submitted an application to the Home Ministry on 11 November urging the government to allow her to go abroad for better treatment.

BNP observed a seven-hour mass hunger strike programme in the capital on Saturday demanding that its ‘critically ill’ chairperson Khaleda Zia be allowed to go abroad for advanced treatment.

As part of a countrywide programme, hundreds of leaders and activists of the party and its associate bodies began the hunger strike in front of their Nayapaltan central office at 9am.

Party Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said “Khaleda Zia is fighting a battle between life and death. She’s the most beloved leader of the people of Bangladesh. It’s inhumane that she won’t be given a scope to receive treatment abroad.”

Meanwhile, at a discussion programme on Friday, Fakhrul accused the government of plotting to end the life of Khaleda Zia by not allowing her to receive advanced treatment abroad.