Says emotional Khaleda Zia

Country people are my relatives

Country people are my relatives

Dhaka, Feb 7 (Just News): BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia on Wednesday turned emotional while talking about the loss of her husband, mother and younger son, and said that people are now her relatives.

"I lost my husband in my early life as Ziaur Rahman laid down his life for the country. I also lost my mother when I was there in jail," she said in a choked voice at her press conference.

The BNP chief could not hold back tears while talking about the demise of her younger son Arafat Rahman Koko. "I've lost one of my sons when I was confined to my other son is still receiving treatment abroad after being crippled trough repression."

She said the country's people are her relatives and the Almighty Allah is her only resort. "I won't go anywhere leaving the country's people as long as I'm alive."

Just a day before a special court is set to deliver verdict in the graft case against her, Khaleda arranged the press meet at her Gulshan office.

She said she stepped into the dangerous path of politics for restoring democracy following the demand of BNP leaders after the death of her husband. "I scarified my luxury, comfort and peaceful life."

The BNP chief, however, expressed gratitude towards people as she said they gave her immense love in return to her sacrifice. "They elected me in five seats in the polls. I never got defeated as a candidate in any polls."

Earlier, Khaleda urged law enforcers not to obstruct any peaceful programme of people. "You're also the sons of the soil. You don't have any enmity with people or us."

As journalists wanted to ask her some questions after her 36-minute written speech, she declined to take any question. "I'm not taking question today. I'll openly talk to you another day if I get the chance to meet you."

Later, she stood up from her chair and waved hand at journalists, saying, "InsaAllah we'll meet again... stay well you all."