BNP starts hunger strike seeking Khaleda’s treatment abroad

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Dhaka, Nov 20: BNP started a seven-hour mass hunger strike programme in the capital on Saturday morning 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 formally inaugurated the programme.

He urged all to observe the programme till 4pm in a peaceful manner with due respect maintaining discipline.

On Thursday, Mirza Fakhrul announced the programme at a press conference at BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.

Fakhrul said the programme will also be observed in all metropolitan cities and district towns.

“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,” he said.

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.

He also said they will come up with more action programmes after observing the mass-hunger strike today.

The BNP leader hoped that democratic political parties, including the 20-party alliance partners, will express solidarity with their party by joining the hunger strike programme. “We urge them to come to our central office. Let’s strengthen the movement so that our leader gets the scope to get treatment abroad. From there, we will announce more programmes.”