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Khaleda’s Treatment Abroad

BNP to submit memorandum to DCs today

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 24 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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BNP to submit memorandum to DCs today

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Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) will submit memorandums to all the deputy commissioners across the country today, demanding permission for its chairperson Khaleda Zia to go abroad for better treatment.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the fresh programme at a rally in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the capital on Monday.

The opposition party also staged the rally across the country, demanding Khaleda Zia’s release from jail and permission for her treatment abroad.

As part of their countrywide programme, the party’s Dhaka south and north city units arranged the rally in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the morning.

Addressing the rally, the BNP secretary general warned that the party would come up with tougher programmes if their demand is not met by the time.        

“We have no other path left. Now there is only one path—movement, movement and movement. This movement will have to be taken ahead with tougher programmes,” he said.

The BNP standing committee in its meeting held virtually on Monday night with party acting chairman Tarique Rahman in the chair took a decision to go for a tougher agitation programme to meet their demands, meeting sources said.

The meeting also discussed movement programmes and asked the BNP secretary general to finalise the programmes through discussions with leaders of different units and associate organisations, said the meeting resolution sent to the mass media on Tuesday.

A delegation of pro-BNP senior lawyers met Law Minister Anisul Huq at his secretariat office in the capital on Tuesday and submitted a memorandum to him to realise the same demands. Earlier on Saturday, the party’s leaders and activists observed a seven-hour mass-hunger strike across the country to press home their same demands.

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

On behalf of the family, Khaleda Zia'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 treatment.

However, the law minister said the government would consider Khaleda Zia's appeal if she submits a fresh petition after returning to jail.