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Fakhrul: Up to Khaleda, her family to seek parole

  • Published at 09:25 pm April 15th, 2019
web-File photo of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir
File photo of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka tribune

According to Fakhrul, they discussed issues related to Khaleda Zia’s treatment and the cases against her at the meeting

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Monday said it is up to party Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her family to decide whether she will apply for parole.

"We did not have any conversation with her [Khaleda] over parole, as it is not an issue of the party. It is a matter related entirely to Khaleda Zia and her family," he said, reports UNB.

Fakhrul made the remarks at the premises of party founder Ziaur Rahman's grave, after he had placed wreaths there with leaders of the newly formed convening committee of Jatiyatabadi Ulema Dal. 

Earlier on Sunday, the BNP secretary general and two other party leaders met with Khaleda Zia at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU).

According to Fakhrul, they discussed issues related to Khaleda Zia’s treatment and the cases against her at the meeting.

He said the BNP chairperson urged the country's people to remain united in order to “restore democracy” in the country.

The BNP secretary general also said Khaleda Zia’s focus was on keeping the people, BNP, and some other parties united.

Also Read- Fakhrul: Khaleda’s health condition hardly improved

When asked whether the six MPs-elect from BNP would be sworn into parliament, Fakhrul replied in the negative.

“We do not think the current party is an elected one as we have rejected the results of the so-called election,” he said.

Fakhrul also said BNP is taking preparation to wage a movement to force the government to free the party Chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail and “restore democracy.”

On Sunday, Fakhrul and BNP standing committee members Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and Nazrul Islam Khan met Khaleda at room 621 of BSMMU's Cabin Block in the afternoon.

Talking to reporters after meeting Khaleda, Fakhrul said the chairperson's health has not improved much over the last two weeks at BSMMU, and she still cannot eat or bend her legs properly. "There has been no improvement in her left hand and she can't work with it."

He further said it is imperative to ensure proper treatment for their chairperson by doctors of specialised hospitals as per her choice.

The BNP chairperson has been in jail since a special court convicted her in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case on February 8 last year.

Due to health complications, Khaleda was shifted to BSMMU from the old Dhaka central jail for better medical treatment on April 1.

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