Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday urged the government to take initiative to bring back party’s ailing vice chairman Sadeque Hossain Khoka.
“He (Khoka) told us and his friends that he wants to be buried here. His son also told me over phone that they want to fulfill desire of his father,” he said.The BNP secretary general made the statements speaking at a doa-mahfil organised by the party seeking recovery of Sadeque Hossain Khoka, also former mayor of undivided Dhaka, on the ground floor of the party’s Nayapaltan headquarters.
At the programme, the BNP leaders also urged the people of the country to pray for Khoka.
Sadeque Hossain Khoka is now undergoing treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Manhattan of New York. He was admitted to the hospital on October 18.
Mirza Fakhrul further said Khoka is fighting for life. “He was not only a leader of BNP, but also a very popular politician all over the country. “I met him (Khoka) several times in New York. He always said that if he were not ill, he would return home and go to jail. But he has to go to the doctor every week for check-up,” he added.
On May 14, 2014, Khoka, who was also fisheries and livestock minister, along with his wife went to the USA with travel visa for cancer treatment while the validity of his passport expired in 2017, party sources said.
Khoka, who is also a freedom fighter, entered politics through joining Mawlana Bhasani’s National Awami Party (NAP). Later, he joined BNP, and was made the party’s Dhaka city unit president.