BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday said the party’s incarcerated chairperson urged people not to pay heed to anyone's provocation and continue peaceful movement.
"Madam's [Khaleda Zia] health condition is good. She urged all not to pay heed to anyone's provocation and continue the movement in a peaceful manner," said Fakhrul while talking to reporters after emerging from the Old Central Jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city.
"Her [Khaleda] morale is high....she's facing the adverse situation with courage. She said she's ready for any sacrifice for the sake of the country, for the sake of democracy," he said.
Earlier, an eight-member BNP delegation led by Mirza Fakhrul met Khaleda Zia in the prison in the afternoon.
BNP Standing Committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Mahbubur Rahman, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, Mirza Abbas, and Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury entered the jail around 2:50pm while Jamiruddin Sircar at 3:15pm. They stayed there till 4:30pm.
A special court in Dhaka last month sentenced Khaleda to five years' rigorous imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Khaleda, a 73-year-old a former prime minister, was taken to the Old Central Jail minutes after the verdict had been delivered.