Nationwide starvation strike in Bangladesh for therapy of ex-PM overseas


DHAKA:

Bangladesh’s primary opposition political occasion on Saturday noticed a nationwide starvation strike, searching for authorities permission for therapy of former prime minister Begum Khaleda Zia overseas.

Thousands of supporters and leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) gathered in entrance of the occasion’s central workplace within the capital Dhaka to begin the starvation strike within the morning.

BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir formally inaugurated the occasion, calling for a peaceable strike.

He, in the meantime, warned the federal government towards extra stern strikes if their calls for for the discharge of Zia and superior therapy of her overseas weren’t met instantly.

Bangladeshi Law Minister Anisul Huq on Thursday informed parliament that there was no authorized foundation at the moment to permit Zia to fly overseas for medical therapy as a convicted individual.

Alamgir opposed Huq’s declare, accused him of mendacity in parliament. Under present regulation, he stated, Zia may be allowed to go overseas for therapy.

The seven-hour starvation strike is about to proceed until four pm native time (10AMGMT), in keeping with the schedule introduced by the BNP on Thursday.

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Zia, 76, was readmitted to a well being facility in Dhaka on Nov 13, simply six days after her discharge from the identical hospital, as her bodily situation reportedly deteriorated additional. Later she was shifted to the coronary care unit (CCU) of the hospital.

Last month, she was hospitalised with varied old-age problems and different illnesses together with arthritis, diabetes and dental and eye issues.

In April, Zia was contaminated with the coronavirus and handled at her residence in Dhaka’s upscale Gulshan space. However, she was admitted to hospital on April 27 for higher therapy.

The three-time premier was despatched to jail on Feb 8, 2018 after convicted in a corruption case. Her occasion rejected the rule, claiming the cost was false, fabricated and politically motivated.

However, she was briefly launched on March 25, 2020 within the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Zia is politically reputed for her management together with present Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for countrywide pro-democratic motion in 1990s that toppled the nine-year autocratic rule within the nation by former military chief Hussain Muhammad Ershad.

The two leaders, nevertheless, later turned political competitor to one another in ruling the nation beneath a democratic system and by phrases they’ve been main the South Asian Muslim majority nation of nearly 170 million folks.

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