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12:00 AM, August 18, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 04:07 AM, August 18, 2019

BNP to seek global focus on Khaleda Zia’s release

The BNP has decided to draw the international community’s attention to the issue of Khaleda Zia’s release and proper treatment.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir informed journal-ists about the decision after a standing committee meeting at the party chairperson’s Gulshan office yesterday.

“We’ve taken a decision to inform the democratic countries about the issue of our leader’s release and her health condition. We’ll also take necessary steps to notify the international community that she has been kept in jail unfairly,” he said. 

Referring to the rejection of Khaleda’s bail petition by the High Court in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case, Fakhrul said the “nega-tive” order of the court has strengthened their perception that the ju-diciary now cannot work independently. 

“The government is ‘regulating’ the judiciary. So, it has become a bit uncertain as to whether we’ll get justice,” he said.

On July 31, the High Court denied the BNP chairperson bail in the graft case in which she was sentenced to seven years’ rigorous im-prisonment by a court. 

Fakhrul said they had also decided to continue holding their party’s divisional rallies to intensify their movement for Khaleda’s release.

“As the government doesn’t allow any programme in August, we’ll begin on September 1, marking our founding anniversary.” 

The BNP held divisional rallies in Barishal, Chattogram and Khulna last month to mount pressure on the government to free Khaleda from jail.

About dengue outbreak, the BNP leader said experts were saying the situation would deteriorate further in one month, but the government was yet to procure any effective insecticides to kill mosquitoes.

He alleged that dengue patients were not getting proper treatment at hospitals. “We demand the government take steps for providing free treatment to the dengue-infected people.” 

The BNP leader said their meeting denounced the government’s fail-ure and indifference to ensure fair price for rawhides. 

He said they also blamed the ruling party’s “business syndicate” for the drastic fall in the prices of rawhides. “They did it to destroy the leather industry. We urge the government to take immediate steps to save this industry.”

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