‘Khaleda’s family to seek permission for her treatment abroad’

Khaleda Zia is allowed medical treatment at home, but won’t be allowed to travel abroad.
Khaleda Zia is allowed medical treatment at home, but won’t be allowed to travel abroad.File Photo
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BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has been staying home and receiving treatment for her health since her 6-month release on an executive order.

The tenure of her release will end in less than two months.

Sources in BNP said permission will be sought to take the ailing BNP chairperson abroad for medical treatment while applying for the extension of her release.

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Khaleda’s family, physicians and her party think she should receive better treatment abroad.

During her release, there were conditions that Khaleda Zia will stay home and receive treatment there.

These conditions have been complied, and BNP leaders think the government will not remain rigid in its decision.

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The leaders think the government will positively consider extending Khaleda Zia's release and allowing her to go abroad for treatment as the party had not provoked the government.

A source in BNP said Khaleda Zia’s family is taking care of her treatment.

Earlier, Khaleda Zia received her eye treatment in the UK and knee treatment in USA.

About the extension of Khaleda Zia’s release, law minister Annisul Huq said the government will look into the matter if BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia applies.

Speaking to Prothom Alo, a physician of BNP chairperson said Khaleda Zia is unable to move and she needs follow-up treatment.

On 25 March 2020, the government freed Khaleda Zia for six months on an executive order.

She has been in jail since 8 February 2018 on charges of corruption. Her party, however, claimed that the case was politically motivated.

On 10 July, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said a condition had been given not to take Khaleda Zia abroad, but she needs treatment abroad.

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While speaking to newsmen on Eid day, Fakhrul said he hopes that Khaleda Zia will get opportunity to go abroad for treatment.

A physician of Khaleda Zia said she has pain in her arms and legs and cannot move without assistance.

About the extension of Khaleda Zia’s release, law minister Annisul Huq said the government will look into the matter if BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia applies.

*This report has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam.

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