BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia’s sister Selima Islam on Friday said the former prime minister’s physical condition has deteriorated further and she needs better treatment on an emergency basis.
Talking to reporters after meeting her sister at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU), Selima said: “Her health condition has worsened. She’s unable to move or eat without anybody’s help.”
Selima said, “Her hands and legs have gotten stiff. She urgently needs better treatment.”
As her attention was drawn to BSMMU physicians’ assertion that the BNP chief is fine, she said the doctors are not telling the truth. “We’ve seen her actual condition,” she said.
Replying to a question, she said Khaleda can go abroad for treatment if the government allows her. “But she didn’t tell us anything about it.”
Six family members, including Selima, her younger brother Shamim Eskandar, his wife Kaniz Fatema, their two son, and a daughter-in-law, went to meet Khaleda around 3:15pm and had nearly an hour-long meeting, said BNP chairperson’s media wing member Shamsuddin Didar.
Khaleda Zia has been in jail since she was convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust case on February 8 last year. She was found guilty in another case later the same year, though her party claims both cases are politically motivated.
The BNP chief has been receiving treatment at the BSMMU since April 1.