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Relatives meet ailing Khaleda at jail ward on Eid Day
Khaleda Zia shifted to BSMMU Hospital - File photo

Relatives meet ailing Khaleda at jail ward on Eid Day

Dhaka, Aug 12 – BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia’s relatives, including her two granddaughters, saw the ailing former prime minister at the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Hospital on the Eid day on Monday.Party sources said six relatives of the BNP chief with some cooked food, new clothes and flowers entered BSMMU cabin-621, where she is receiving treatment, around 1:30pm.
Sharmila Rahman Sithi, wife of Khaleda’s late son Arafat Rahman Koko, Sithi’s two daughters Zahia Rahman and Zaifa Rahman, Khaleda’s brother Shamim Iskandar, his wife Kaniz Fatema and son Ovik Iskandar met her.
They came out of the cabin around 3:30pm. They took homemade food they brought for her.
The BNP chief’s physical condition is not good as she cannot walk without the help, they said.
Khaleda was taken to the BSMMU from jail on April 1 last for treatment.
Coming out of the hospital, Khaleda’s relatives said she was very happy to see her two granddaughters — Zahia and Zaifa.
She adored them and embraced them after they took her blessings touching her feet, they said.
On February 8, 2018, Khaleda was sent to jail after a special court sentenced her to five years’ rigorous imprisonment in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.
Khaleda has been staying at the jail with her domestic help Fatema Begum. With this, the BNP chairperson has spent six Eids in jail.
The BNP chief earlier had celebrated Eid twice in jail after her arrest by the army-backed caretaker government after the 1/11 changeover in 2007. – UNB

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