"We're doubtful about taking Khaleda Zia home alive"
Published : Saturday, 7 March, 2020 at 6:17 PM Count : 536
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's sister Selima Islam has said they are doubtful whether they will be able to take BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia home from hospital "alive."
She said: "Her (Khaleda Zia) health condition is very bad. We're doubtful whether we would be able to take her home from the hospital alive."
Selima Islam was talking to reporters after meeting Khaleda Zia at her cabin at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital in Dhaka on Saturday afternoon.
"Khaleda condition is not good at all. So, we now urge the government to release her on humanitarian ground. This is our only plea to the government," she said.
Selima said: "There is no improvement in Khaleda Zia's physical condition. She felt intense chest pain on Friday night. She was facing difficulties in taking breath. Her left hand has gotten bent completely while the right one is also now getting bent. She can't stand erect, and unable to eat food. Her physical condition is very bad."
Earlier, Khaleda Zia's relatives went to meet her at the BSMMU Hospital, at about 3pm on Saturday. They stayed in the BNP Chairperson's cabin there for about one and a half hours.
The relatives included Khaleda Zia's second sister Selima Islam, brother Shamim Iskander, his wife Kaniz Fatema, nephew Avik Iskander and niece Samia Iskander.
Khaleda Zia has been in jail since February 8, 2018 after being convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases.
She has been undergoing treatment at BSMMU Hospital after she was admitted there on April 1, 2019.
Despite repeated attempts, her party has so far failed to get her released from jail on bail.