No permission yet for taking Khaleda abroad

Staff Correspondent

8 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The family of ailing Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia is still waiting for formal permission from the government to take her abroad for better treatment.

The party and family sources said they will apply for the UK visa to take her to London after getting government’s clearance.

They also said the BNP chief got her machine readable passport on Thursday night.

Briefing reporters on Khaleda’s condition, her personal physician Dr AZM Zahid Hossain on Friday night said her health was stable and unchanged.

The medical board routinely visited the BNP chief, who is still in the coronary care unit, and examined the condition on Friday.

Replying to a query about whether Khaleda is fit to fly abroad, Zahid Hossain, also BNP vice-chairman, said, “After getting permission from the government, the medical board will take the further decision.”

He reiterated that Khaleda’s family has applied seeking permission to take her abroad for better treatment and BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, on behalf of the party, also urged the government to allow her to go abroad on humanitarian grounds.

BNP sources said Khaleda’s family members received “a positive signal” from the British government about taking her to the UK

for her treatment in London.

The family has booked an air ambulance to take her there as soon as they get the permission from the government.

The party sources said Khaleda’s elder son Tarique Rahman is coordinating all the activities and his wife Dr Zobaida Rahman is supervising the total treatment process.

Meanwhile, Gonoshasthaya Kendra trustee and freedom fighter Zafrullah Chowdhury on Friday called on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to release the BNP chief.

Claiming that Khaleda was not getting proper treatment, he said her physical condition was so serious that she needs to be released for better treatment.

The 75-year-old BNP chief, who tested positive for Covid-19 on April 11, has been suffering from post-Covid complications like high blood sugar and breathing problems along with her other health complications, including severe arthritis.

On May 5, the BNP chairperson’s younger brother Shamim Eskander submitted an application to the home ministry seeking government’s permission for her treatment abroad.