BNP on Sunday expressed doubt over the proper treatment of its chairperson Khaleda Zia by the medical board formed with ‘pro-ruling party doctors’.
“We’re unhappy with the medical board. We don’t think our leader (Khaleda) would get proper treatment from the pro-ruling party doctors. We can’t trust it,” said BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain.
Speaking at a press conference at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office, he further said, “We still demand the formation of a new medical board, including our leader’s personal physicians, to ensure her proper treatment as she’s very sick.”
Referring to their party delegation’s meeting with the Home Minister on September 9, the BNP leader said Asaduzzaman Khan had promised to keep Khaleda’s personal physicians in the medical board. “We’ve got frustrated when the medical board was formed with only government physicians.”
On Thursday, the government formed a five-member medical board with physicians from Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) for examining Khaleda’s health condition and ensuring her treatment.
On September 9, a BNP delegation, led by the party’s Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, met Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan and urged him to take steps for ensuring Khaleda’s treatment at United Hospital.
Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, said it will not be possible to ensure necessary treatment of Khaleda with suggestions of the medical board formed with the ruling party-supported doctors.
He also bemoaned that Khaleda, a three-time former Prime Minister and two-time ex-Opposition Leader, is now being deprived of treatment in jail as the government is trying to eliminate opposition politics.
BNP standing committee members Gayeshwar Chandra Roy, Nazrul Islam Khan, Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury and party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi were, among others, present.