Let Khaleda go abroad for treatment: BNP



BNP on Monday demanded immediate withdrawal of the government’s ban on its ailing chairperson Khaleda Zia from going aboard for the sake of ensuring her rights to receiving  advance medical treatment as per her choice.
“As far as we know, she (Khaleda Zia) is very ill. She needs advance treatment which is not possible here. Even, it was not possible at the hospital (BSMMU) where she had stayed for a long time,” said BNP standing committee member Nazrul Islam Khan.

He said, “She may have to go abroad for the treatment, but there’s a government ban on it. We demand that this restriction be lifted and Khaleda Zia’s basic rights to receive medical treatment be ensured allowing her to go wherever when she wants to.

Nazrul made the demand at a press conference arranged by the party at its chairperson’s Gulshan office to convey the outcome of BNP standing committee’s meeting held on Saturday last.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the government freed Khaleda Zia from jail for six months through an executive order suspending her sentences on March 25, nearly 25 months after she had been convicted and sent to jail in graft cases.

On August 27, the government extended her release for six more months on two conditions–she would take treatment at home and would not go abroad during the time.

BNP leaders on various occasions said though their party chief was released, she has been kept under “house arrest as no one, except her close relatives, can now meet her.

Nazrul said the ban imposed by the government on their chairperson’s movement is inhumane and unreasonable’.

“There’re instances that even jailed political leaders went abroad for treatment. But Khaleda Zia has been restricted from doing so. We think this inhumane and illogical ban needs to be lifted so that she can decide when and where she wants to go for treatment considering her physical condition,” he said.

As the tenure of suspension of her sentences is going to end soon, the BNP leader urged the government to release Khaleda without imposing any condition so that she can live independently, receive proper treatment and exercise her rights as a citizen of the country.

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