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Bangladesh Red Alert On BNP Agitation


Bangladesh Law Minister Anisul Huq has said his government ‘does not lack compassion’ for Opposition leader Khaleda Zia and was weighing legal options for her treatment abroad.
“We understand the sentiment of her [BNP] party people and we are genuinely thinking of taking a decision about her treatment abroad. But we have to find out whether legal recourse allows such action,” Huq told mediapersons.
Zia’s supporters have held protest rallies across Bangladesh in the last few days demanding that their jailed leader be immediately allowed to go abroad for treatment.
Bangladesh police has sounded a ‘red alert’ on receipt of credible intelligence that the BNP, backed by Islamist parties, were trying to unsettle the law and order in Ba%5ngladesh Former PM and BNP supremo Khaleda Zia has been serving a 10-year jail term for corruption.
She has been barred by the court from travelling abroad after she was convicted on corruption charges three years ago.

Even after her conviction, the  former PM was released from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University’s prison cell on March 25, 2020 on an executive order on conditions that she would take medical treatment at home and would not leave the country.
PM Sheikh Hasina was instrumental in getting the executive order done to facilitate Khaleda Zia’s treatment at home on compassionate grounds. 
But the ruling Awami League says the BNP is just trying to whip up the issue to destabilise the country.
” We want Khaleda Zia to get the best possible treatment. So our government got her the ben

Zia had been staying at her Gulshan residence in Dhaka before she was admitted to the critical care unit of a private Dhaka hospital  early this month after her health condition “significantly worsened”.
Khaleda tested positive for Covid-19 on April 11 and later tested negative on May 5.
Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, BNP secretary-general, has said that Bangladesh’s healthcare system has “no further treatment” for Zia and she needs “treatment abroad immediately”.
Zia, a three-time prime minister of the South Asian nation, is suffering from liver disease, chronic kidney disease and a heart ailment in addition to her existing conditions of rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, according to her personal physician Dr AZM Zahid Hossain.
While some BNP leaders say they are not averse to moving a mercy petition with the President,  seeking  clemency for Khaleda to take her abroad for treatment, her son and Acting BNP president Tareque Rahman is vehemently opposed to it.
” Tareque wants to capitalise on his mother’s illness to whip up agitations across the country. He has instructed us to seek no compromise and agitate to force the government to release Khaleda Zia,” said a top BNP leader on condition of anonymity.
Bangladesh police has issued a “Red Alert” to tackle any threat to law and order due to the countrywide agitation.

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