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22 February, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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Fakhrul vows to free BNP chief, restore democracy

Family members visit Khaleda at BSMMU
STAFF REPORTER, Dhaka

BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir yesterday vowed to free the party’s ailing chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail. “We are taking an oath today to free our leader Khaleda Zia and restore democracy in the country,” he said to reporters after placing a wreath at Central Shaheed Minar in the city to mark International Mother Language Day and Martyrs’ Day. “Here is neither democracy nor rule of law in the country. The rights of the people have been snatched,” he said.

He expressed regret that the spirit of the language and the independence hard-won by the martyrs is being undermined. He demanded that the government release Khaleda, who is currently serving a 17-year jail term in two graft cases.

“As per the Constitution, she deserves bail, but she is not being given it,” he added.

Earlier, BNP leaders, led by Fakhrul, had visited the graveyards of the language martyrs at Azimpur and prayed for their departed souls. BNP leaders Abdus Salam, Khairul Kabir Khokan, Habib-un-Nabi Khan Sohel, and Shahid Uddin Chowdhury Anie, among others, were present.

Meanwhile, family members of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday visited the former premier at her prison cabin at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital.  The five-member delegation visited the hospital around 3pm and stayed there for one-and-a-half hours. The government had granted them permission to meet the former premier on the occasion of International Mother Language Day and Martyrs' Day.

Khaleda’s brother, Shamim Iskander, had sent a letter to the inspector general of police (IGP) on Wednesday, seeking permission to meet her. This had been confirmed by Khaleda's media wing officer Shairul Kabir Khan. The family members who met Khaleda yesterday were Kaniz Fatema (wife of Shamim Iskander), Khaleda's nephew Shafin Iskander, his wife Oroni Iskander, Ovik Iskander, and Shahria Haque.

 

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