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Hefazat chief Shafi returns today

  • Published at 01:38 pm August 5th, 2017
  • Last updated at 02:10 pm August 5th, 2017
Hefazat chief Shafi returns today
Ailing Hefazat-e-Islam chief Shah Ahmed Shafi is scheduled to return to Bangladesh from India on Saturday evening. “He will first land at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport and then take another flight to Chittagong,” said his Press Secretary Munir Ahmed. Azizul Haque Islamabadi, the central organising secretary of the Islamist platform, told the Dhaka Tribune that Shafi is likely to land in Bangladesh around 8pm. Shafi, along with his entourage, including two sons, a personal secretary, a son-in-law and two attendants, left Dhaka for medical treatment in New Delhi on July 22. The 96-year-old Islamist leader was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Delhi on July 22. He was discharged from the hospital on August 1 after receiving treatment for anemia, dengue fever and physical weakness, said Islamabadi. “Upon his discharge from the hospital, Shafi paid a visit to Darul Uloom Deoband - a 151-year-old madrasa in Uttar Pradesh in India - where he studied,” he added. The cleric has been suffering from various ailments including respiratory problem, high blood pressure and diabetes. Earlier, Shafi underwent treatment at a private hospital in Chittagong city after he fell sick on May 18. He was flown to Dhaka on June 6 after his condition deteriorated. He was admitted to Asgar Ali Hospital in Gendaria and discharged him on July 10. Shafi is the rector of Al-Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Ulum Moinul Islam, also known as Hathazari Madrasa, and the chairman of Befaqul Madarisil Arabia Bangladesh, the largest Qawmi Madrasa board in the country.