Eminent writer and academician Prof Muhammed Zafar Iqbal has been shifted to a cabin from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka.
He was moved to the cabin Wednesday afternoon after his condition improved, according to a text message sent from the Inter Services Public Relation (ISPR) Directorate in the evening.
ISPR Director Lt Col Mohammad Rashidul Hasan in the message said the noted author’s physical condition was better than before. But the doctors at CMH were yet to decide on when he will be released.
Zafar Iqbal, a teacher at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology’s (SUST) Computer Science and Engineering Department, was stabbed on the back of his head by a youth last Saturday while delivering a speech at a program on the university campus.
The youth, caught immediately and later identified as madrasa student Foyzur Rahman Faizul, had said he carried out the attack as he considered Zafar Iqbal as “an enemy of Islam.”
After receiving immediate treatment at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital, Zafar Iqbal was airlifted to CMH that night following Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s order. Since then, he has been in the ICU there.
Media reports, quoting doctors at CMH, on Wednesday also said Zafar Iqbal’s condition was improved and he was doing his daily works, including walking, without any difficulty and assistance.
He was also on regular diet since Monday, according to his wife Yasmeen Haque.
Doctors said the stitches from his wounds would be removed after at least another week, according to reports.
Prime Minister Hasina on Monday also visited the writer, known for being a staunch supporter of science, education, an ardent advocate of humanist, and secular values.
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