Bangladesh Nationalist Party insisted again on Thursday that the party’s ailing imprisoned chairperson Khaleda Zia would receive medical treatment nowhere else but in United Hospital in Dhaka.
‘No more imposition of conditions, make arrangements for Begum Khaleda Zia’s admission to United Hospital as per her choice,’ BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi asked the government while addressing a news briefing at the party’s central office.
‘She [Khaleda] will not receive treatment anywhere except United Hospital,’ he said adding that it was one’s right to receive treatment from physicians of one’s choice.
Khaleda’s two lawyers Zainul Abedin and Mahbub Uddin Khokon, meanwhile, termed the demand of senior fellow Khandker Mahbub Hossain for her quick release from jail on parole before Eid-ul-Fitr to facilitate her quick treatment as ‘his personal opinion’.
On Wednesday, Khandker Mahbub at a press conference urged the government to release the ailing BNP chief from jail on parole to ensure her
better treatment as ‘her life is in danger’ but it was not possible to release her quickly through the legal process.
‘We do not want to make any comment on his personal opinion. We, the lawyers’ society, do not think so,’ Zainul Abedin, also president of Supreme Court Bar Association,
told reporters while responding to questions on the issue.
On Tuesday, Khaleda’s younger brother Shamim Eskander appealed to the home ministry for her immediate medical treatment in United Hospital but home minister Asaduzzaman Khan said on the day that Khaleda would be offered treatment in Combined Military Hospital in Dhaka.
At the briefing, Rizvi alleged that the government was imposing conditions as it was not interested in providing medical treatment for Khaleda. He accused the government of making a ‘dangerous blueprint’ by not providing her treatment.
‘A sharp conspiracy has been hatched over the life of Khaleda,’ Rizvi alleged.
Asked whether BNP wants Khaleda’s release on parole, he said that the party was demanding her unconditional release and proper treatment.
Replying to a question, Rizvi said that BNP standing committee members had sought permission to meet Khaleda in jail on the Eid day.
The senior joint secretary general criticised the road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader for his remark that in absence of traffic jam, people were going to their home with comfort to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr. Rizvi said that the reality was home goers sufferings knew no bounds. ‘Obaidul Quader is a total failure as road transport and bridges minister,’ he said.
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