Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia is in good health, according to a jail physician, Agencies report.
Mahmudul Hasan, who usually treats the BNP chair in the jail, on Thursday said the former prime minister is taking food timely and is doing much better now.
“Khaleda is 73. So, it is very natural that there will be some age-related complications. Besides, she had histories of back pain, knee pain and arthritis. Because of all these she feels unwell at times. But the rumours are not true, she does not have any serious ailment. We are always taking good care of her, doing everything for her betterment,” Mahmudul said.
Earlier on the day, Khaleda’s press wing officer Shairul Kabir Khan quoting BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that the latter could not meet the party chair because of her illness.
Home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal said, “Khaleda Zia told the jail authorities that she was feeling well. The civil surgeon was then asked to look into the matter. She did not meet party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on the pretext of her illness.”
On 8 February last, the Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the BNP chief and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the case. She was then sent to the abandoned central jail on Nazimuddin Road in the capital.
On Wednesday, a lawyer of the Anti-Corruption Commission said the BNP chair could not be produced before the court in Zia Charitable Trust for unavoidable reasons. A Comilla court then served a show cause notice on the Dhaka jail authorities regarding Khaleda’s failure to appear before the court.
Khaleda’s lawyers then alleged that she needed better treatment.