POST TIME: 4 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 4 November, 2019 01:49:29 AM
Govt to issue travel permits to ailing Khoka
Says State Minister Shahriar

Govt to issue travel permits to ailing Khoka

The Bangladesh government would provide necessary support for the issuing of travel permits to ailing Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Sadeque Hossain Khoka and his family members so that they can return home, said State minister for foreign affairs, Shahriar Alam, yesterday. When Khoka’s family sought cooperation of the Bangladesh consulate in New York for reissuing the long-expired passports for Khoka and his family members, the state minister yesterday in a Facebook post said: “If the family of former Dhaka City Corporation mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka applies for a travel permit in New York, the Bangladesh mission will take the necessary measures in that regard.” The post also said: “He and his wife do not have passports, but this is the only way for them to return to the country by adhering to international means.’’

The Bangladesh consulate in New York has been conveyed this decision, the post says. Shahriar also said: “There are cases against him and his wife. They could also have arrest warrants against them (I am not sure). However, after talking to the home minister, I understand the matter will be handled humanely.’’

Khoka, along with his family members, went to New York on May 14, 2014 for his cancer treatment. Recently, his health condition deteriorated while undergoing treatment in a hospital there. He is now being treated in the hospital’s intensive care unit. Both his family members and party leaders have sought the government’s help for his return to the country by renewing their passports.