Khaleda’s treatment abroad: BNP to submit memo to DC offices Wednesday


Dhaka, Nov 22: BNP will submit memorandums to all the Deputy Commissioner (DC) offices across the country on Wednesday demanding that its Chairperson Khaleda Zia be allowed to go abroad for advanced medical treatment.

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

“Our leaders and activists together with people will submit memorandums to all the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) offices on November 24 (Wednesday) demanding the release of our leader (Khaleda) for her treatment abroad,” he said.

Fakhrul warned that they will come up with harsher programmes if their demand is not met by the time.  “We don’t have any other alternative to intensifying the movement.”

As part of their countrywide programme, Dhaka south and north city units of BNP arranged the rally to mount pressure on the government to let Khaleda go to any advanced centre overseas for treatment.

On Saturday, the party leaders and activists observed a seven-hour mass-hunger strike across the country, including the capital, to realise their same demand.

Khaleda, 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.

The BNP chief’s physicians said she has been suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, ophthalmological and dental complications.

They also said Khaleda needs advanced treatment abroad immediately as she is also suffering from critical cardiac, kidney and liver problems while her blood sugar is out of control and hemoglobin level in her blood has dropped.

On behalf of the 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.

However, Law Minister Anisul Huq said the government will consider Khaleda Zia’s appeal if she submits a fresh petition after returning to jail.