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Home minister: Govt needs 2-4 days to decide on Khaleda’s treatment

  • Published at 12:28 am September 11th, 2018
File photo of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The process of making the decision began after a high-level BNP delegation visited him on Sunday with the demand for better treatment for their party chairperson

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Monday said the government would need two to four days to decide whether BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia needs better medical treatment. 

The process of making the decision began after a high-level BNP delegation visited him on Sunday with the demand for better treatment for their party chairperson, he added.

The home minister further said the decision would be made based on the recommendations of the specialist doctors currently taking care of the BNP chairperson.

“If the specialist doctors feel that Khaleda needs more treatment, the government will take all necessary steps. This is a continuous process. The secretaries of the ministries concerned and the inspector general of prisons will sit together to decide which doctor will treat Khaleda.” 

The minister made the comments in response to reporters’ questions at the inauguration of the newly constructed premises of Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police station in Dhaka.

On Sunday, a seven-member BNP delegation led by Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir met with the home minister and sought better medical treatment for the jailed BNP chairperson at a specialized hospital. 

The BNP team requested that Khaleda Zia be treated at United Hospital or Apollo Hospital, as per her preference. They claimed the chairperson’s health was gradually deteriorating in prison.

However, the same day, the home minister told the press that the BNP chairperson would not be treated at a private hospital, unless a medical board comprised of specialist doctors said her treatment was not possible at a government hospital.

During Monday’s program, the home minister also discussed the upcoming general election. 

Asked if the government fears an unstable situation during the polls, as demands by BNP had not been entertained, Asaduzzaman said that the government had significant experience after conducting a huge number of elections under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the last 10 years.

Indicating that the government had full faith in the capacity of the country’s law enforcement agencies, Kamal said there was no anarchy in any of the polls. “In the national election, all of our security forces – police, BGB, and Ansar – will be deployed and work accordingly. They are ready for the election.”

He added that all law enforcement agencies would come under the authority of the Election Commission, after the commission declares the election schedule.

“The law enforcement agencies will prove their ability to curb anarchy, as they did during anti-militancy and anti-drug drives,” the home minister said.

Inspector General of Bangladesh Police Dr Mohammad Javed Patwary and DMP Commissioner Md Asaduzzaman Mia were present at the event, among others.