BNP holds prayer sessions across the country for Khaleda’s recovery


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In the capital, the program took place in the southern premises of the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque

TBS Report

26 November 2021, 15:15

Last modification: November 26, 2021, 9:57 PM

Photo: Joynal Abedin Shishir

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Photo: Joynal Abedin Shishir

BNP held special prayer sessions after Jummah’s prayers across the country on Friday, in anticipation of a speedy recovery for party chairman Khaleda Zia.

In the capital, the program was organized by the political party in the southern premises of the Baitul Mukarram National Mosque.

BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, who was the main guest of the prayer ceremony, said: “We pray to Allah for the reestablishment of our leader in mosques and other religious institutions across the country.

There are no legal obstacles preventing Khaleda from going abroad for advanced medical treatment, but the government does not allow him to leave without presenting a valid reason, the BNP leader added.

“Her [Khaleda] the physical condition is very critical and is gradually deteriorating. At present, there is no other treatment for her in the country. We therefore ask the government to organize his treatment abroad, “said Mosharraf Hossain.

However, the government says she cannot leave Bangladesh under the conditions of temporary release from prison.

Among others, BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan, Mirza Abbas, Dhaka city BNP unit manager Aman Ullah Aman and member secretary Aminul Haque were also present on the occasion.

Earlier Wednesday, the BNP announced an 8-day program from November 25 to December 4 demanding the release and treatment of its party leader Khaleda Zia abroad.

Dr AZM Zahid Hossain, a personal physician to the former prime minister and a member of the medical board trained to treat Khaleda Zia, told BBC Bangla she suffered from arthritis, diabetes, kidney and heart problems.

By now her liver problem has become more complicated and that is why the medicine for other diseases is not working properly.

“Chronic liver disease has reached such a critical stage that it sometimes has gastrointestinal bleeding (bleeding in the stomach),” said Dr Zahid Hossain.

He added that a liver operation has become an emergency but there are no modern facilities for such an operation in Bangladesh.

In recent days, BNP leaders and activists across the country have staged protests to assert their demands and clash with law enforcement in different parts of the country.

BNP lawmakers had previously threatened to resign if their party leader was not allowed to travel abroad.

The BNP chief landed in prison in February 2018 in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. On October 30 of the same year, the High Court extended his sentence to 10 years, dismissing his appeal.

Following the Covid-19 epidemic, the government granted him temporary conditional release on March 25 at the request of his family. So far, his release time has been extended four times.

She still faces at least 36 ongoing cases.

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