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Momen: Khaleda can bring any doctor from abroad

Publish: 04:36 PM, 29 Nov, 2021


BNP leader Khaleda Zia is allowed to bring any doctors from abroad and she is free to take treatment anywhere in the country, Foreign Minister Dr. AK Abdul Momen said on Monday.

He said the government wants to uphold the rule of law in the country.

Dr. Momen made the remarks while briefing reporters at the State guesthouse Padma.

Earlier, he briefed diplomats stationed in Dhaka on a number of current issues including Khaleda Zia's treatment and the upcoming World Peace Conference to be held in Dhaka in the first week of December.

Previously on 20 November, Law Minister Anisul Huq also said the government will have no objection if BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's family and the political party want to bring home any specialized doctor from abroad.

After being convicted in a graft case, the former prime minister landed in jail in February 2018. Following the outbreak of Covid-19, the government on 25 March last year granted her temporary release on conditions at the request of her family.

Her family and BNP have been vocal since then to allow Khaleda to avail treatment abroad. But the government says she cannot leave the country as per the conditions of the temporary release.

The 76-year-old BNP chief has been suffering from arthritis, diabetes, and several eye issues for many years. She got infected with coronavirus in April this year while staying at her Gulshan residence.

On 27 April, she was admitted to Evercare Hospital owing to post-Covid complications. She then had been in the critical care unit (CCU) for about two months. In the third week of June, she was discharged and then got admitted to the hospital again after around four months.

In the last week of November this year, Khaleda's doctors at a press conference said not only was she diagnosed with liver cirrhosis, but has also started passing blood.

While elaborating her medical conditions, the doctors said Khaleda needs TIPS (transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt) technology to intervene and this is available in some specific advanced centers in the USA, UK, and Germany.


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49 Jamaat-Shibir activists detained in Chittagong

Publish: 11:38 AM, 17 May, 2022


Police have arrested 49 Jamaat-Shibir leaders and activists from Teri Bazar area of Kotwali Police Station in Chittagong on charges of holding a secret anti-government rally.

They were arrested Monday night (May 16) at a restaurant called Al Bayan. Officer-in-charge (OC) of Kotwali Police Station Jahidul Kabir confirmed the matter.

He said that he had come to know through secret information that Jamaat-Shibir activists were holding a secret meeting at a restaurant in Teri Bazar area. Later, 49 leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami including Amir of Kotwali police station were detained in a raid. Details on this will be given later.

Earlier, police have arrested 45 Jamaat leaders and activists on Sunday (May 15th) at around 12:30 pm on charges of holding a secret anti-government rally from Maizdi Al Farooq Academy in Noakhali district town.

Jamaat-Shibir   Chittagong   Arrested  


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BNP themselves doesn't know what they wants

Publish: 03:40 PM, 15 May, 2022


Awami League General Secretary, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said, "People today are confused to see the demands of BNP leaders." People wants to what does BNP really wants. Which they themselves do not know. The BNP is demanding a caretaker government, sometimes neutral and sometimes a national government. That is why people are confused, he said.

He made the remarks at a briefing at his residence on Sunday (May 15) morning.

"People are looking at BNP leaders", in response to such statement of Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, Obaidul Quader said, in fact people are not. There is no point in people looking at a party that has failed in a movement, failed in election and even failed to create a procession for the release of the party chairperson.

"The country and the nation are going through a transition period", in response to such remarks of the BNP secretary general, he said, "In fact, the BNP is going through a critical period, not the country or nation."

Obaidul Quader further said, "It’s better if BNP come to the streets without any secret conspiracy. We welcome any of their peaceful political activities."

BNP   Awami League   Obaidul Quader  


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Mirza Fakhrul Islam should jump into Bay of Bengal: Obaidul Quader

Publish: 03:50 PM, 11 May, 2022


Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader has criticized the recent statement of the BNP secretary general on the Sri Lanka issue and said that Mirza Fakhrul failed in the election. The movement also failed. And you are still in charge, why not jump into the Bay of Bengal?

He made the remarks in response to a question from reporters after the 111th board meeting of the Bangladesh Bridge Authority at Setu Bhaban in the capital Mohakhali on Wednesday (May 11th).

Obaidul Quader said, ‘Fakhrul, you are still in charge? ‘He can’t hold a conference on time. He should resign and jump into the Bay of Bengal.

Obaidul Quader said that some political parties in Bangladesh are complaining about the situation in Sri Lanka but the reality of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is not the same. The BNP is hiding behind various issues to cover up its failure.

‘Sometimes the Arab Spring, sometimes day dreaming about coming to power through movement. They have relied on Hefazat, they have relied on quota movement, they have relied on safe road movements. Their misconducts will not work.’ 

Mirza Fakhrul Islam   Obaidul Quader   BNP   Awami League  


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BNP won’t even join talks on polls until AL quits power: Fakhrul

Publish: 03:08 PM, 08 May, 2022


BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Sunday said their party even will not join any talks on the next parliamentary polls until the Awami League government quits power.

“I think there’ll be no talks until the Awami League government resigns,” he told a press conference at BNP Chairperson’s Gulshan office.

The BNP leader came up with the remarks as journalists drew his attention to a reported decision of the Awami League Central Working Committee to make all-out efforts to bring BNP to the next parliamentary election.

Fakhrul renewed their party’s stance that BNP will not join the next polls under the current government.

“Our position on the next polls is clear. There’s no question of holding an election if the Awami League regime does not resign and power is handed over to a completely neutral government.  We won’t go to the polls, if Sheikh Hasina remains in power,” he viewed.

Fakhrul said the government must meet two conditions to bring BNP to the next polls. "The first condition is that they (govt) must resign and hand over power to a neutral non-partisan government."

He said a non-party neutral government will reconstitute the Election Commission for conducting the polls based on public opinions and thus a government and parliament will be formed representing the country's people.

Sought his comment on Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader’s comment that the opposition parties would be given a scope to hold meetings and rallies, Fakhrul said Awami League is a party of frauds. "They are used to say like that…but they’ll do whatever they need to do.”

Mirza Fakhrul Islam   BNP   Election talks   Polls   Bangladesh  


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BNP will have to come to the polls to survive: Obaidul Quader

Publish: 01:45 PM, 08 May, 2022


Awami League General Secretary and Minister for Road Transport and Bridges Obaidul Quader said, "They (BNP) will have to come to the polls to survive. We also want to welcome a strong opposition in Parliament. I want the opposition to have a stand. '

He made the remarks while talking to reporters at the Secretariat on Sunday (May 8) at around 12 noon.

Referring to the comment of Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, “An unelected government must relinquish power”, Obaridul Quader said that, 'These are old songs, nothing new. There is no benefit saying this right now. Their people are also in the Parliament. BNP has sent members to parliament, are they unelected? The speaker gives them a chance to speak. The Prime Minister also wants them to come. We are also giving importance. Mr. Fakhrul himself has become unimportant, he could have spoken loudly in Parliament if he had been in Parliament.'

"The prime minister has openly said that all parties should come to the polls," he said. I want an election with all parties including BNP. I guarantee the election will be fair. Voting will be held in EVM and the Election Commission will be neutral. Mirza Fakhrul has no reason to worry.'

Asked if there would be any initiative to bring the BNP to the polls, Quader said, "We will tell them to come to the polls. Although it should not be said. It is their right to come to the polls. It's not a matter of opportunity. If the BNP does not exercise its rights, their existence will be in crisis and I believe they will not create such situation.'

Regarding the Awami League conference, he said, "The Prime Minister has said that the Awami League conference will be regular. We held the conference before the end of three years. The term of the committee will end again in December. We want to hold a conference in the month of victory."

The general secretary of the Awami League said, 'Looking at the upcoming elections and the conference, the party president has asked us to make preparations." She has asked to organize the founding anniversary of Awami League on 23rd June. She also directed to prepare election manifesto by updating the manifesto. Expired district-upazila conferences have to end before the national conference.'

BNP   Awami League   Election   Obaidul Quader   Bangladesh