Dhaka, June 19: Bangladesh’s ex-prime minister Khaleda Zia, who has been under imprisonment has taken ill grievously and could be paralyzed if she isn’t treated soon, claimed opposition party Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has urged the ruling Awami League government to transfer its party president Khaleda Zia to Dhaka’s United Hospital to receive treatment as she is quite ill.
Zia’s close aide Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said Zia recently suffered from a mild stroke and had multiple complications and it may further intensify if not treated properly. As per Alamgir, doctors said Zia could be paralyzed if not treated on an urgent basis. Both Zia and her party have rejected an offer by the government to treat her in two state-run facilities. Instead, they want her treated in a private hospital.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh’s Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed and a member of the Awami League government said that Zia was absolutely fine and her party was spreading misinformation in order to defame the government in power.
Khaled Zia was convicted on February 8 for embezzling some 250,000 dollars in donations meant for an orphanage trust. The BNP is in a controversial alliance with Islamist backed parties that is in stark opposition to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s grand alliance.