"The leaders of five parties of the BNP-led alliance came here and said Khaleda Zia is fighting for life and they submitted an application to the prime minister seeking steps to create a scope for sending the BNP chief abroad for better treatment," he said.

"I've said it earlier that Khaleda's younger brother also filed a petition and I sent it to the law ministry for its opinion, and the minister has said in details while speaking in parliament," the minister said.

The leaders of the BNP-led delegation made a request to consider the matter on human grounds. "I'll send the letter to the PM," said Asaduzzaman.

Replying to a question about brining physicians from abroad, the minister said, "It's possible to bring any specialised physician from abroad and our hospitals are well-equipped. So, they can continue treatment here."

The leaders of five parties under the BNP-led met the home minister at his office at noon and handed over the letter seeking permission to send Khaleda Zia abroad.

Bangladesh Kalyan Party chairman Syed Ibrahim said: "We've met the home minister and submitted a letter to him. The minister has heard our plea seriously and assured us of sending the letter to the prime minister."

On behalf of the family, Khaleda's younger brother, Shamim Iskander, submitted an application to the home ministry on 11 November urging the government to allow her to go abroad for better treatment.

However, law minister Anisul Huq said the government will consider Khaleda Zia's appeal if she submits a fresh petition after returning to jail.

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