BNP will go on a mass hunger strike across the country today demanding the party chairperson Khaleda Zia’s advanced medical treatment aboard and her permanent release from jail.
BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir at a press conference on Thursday announced that the mass hunger strike will be held between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm on Saturday in Dhaka and all the divisional cities and district towns.
The party senior leaders including Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf will remain present among others in the programme.
Speaking at a discussion arranged by national People’s Party (NPP) at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) on Friday, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir refuted the law minister’s statement that there is no legal scope to allow Khaleda Zia to go abroad.
“This is a blatant lie. There are legal scopes to allow her going abroad. Section 401 of the Criminal Code says that the government can release her if it wants and, send her abroad for medical treatment, and pardon her completely if the government wants,” he said.
“But their goal is to remove Khaleda Zia from politics. Now a fresh conspiracy is being hatched to remove her from life. That's why they don't want to give her this opportunity (to go abroad for better treatment)," he also said.
The next programme would be announced after the mass hunger strike to strengthen the movement demanding Khaleda Zia’s medical treatment abroad, he added.
Referring medical board formed for Khaleda Zia’s treatment, he said her doctors suggested better treatment abroad in an advanced medical centre.
Khaleda Zia, a 76-year-old former prime minister, was readmitted to Evercare Hospital on November 13, six days after she had returned home from the hospital.
Her physicians said she has been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, ophthalmological and dental complications.
They also said she is now suffering from a critical cardiac problem while her liver is not functioning properly and her blood sugar is out of control and her haemoglobin level has dropped.
On behalf of her family, Khaleda's younger brother Shamim Iskander submitted an application to the Home Ministry on November 11 urging the government to allow her to go abroad for better treatment.