BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia is set to release parole. Khaleda’s family and party secretary-general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir are taking the whole process forward. If the government receives a ‘green signal’, a petition will be filed on behalf of the family. This is evident from the reliable sources of the BNP.
The family members of Khaleda Zia want her free at any cost. Efforts are underway to negotiate with the government. Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, secretary general of the BNP, is acting as per the directive of Tarique Rahman.
He is working with his family to speed up the parole process to accelerate the release of the party chairperson. When the parole petition is filed, the government is proceeding with great care to ensure that Khaleda Zia is released without any difficult conditions.
Sources said the process began in the middle of last month. As a part of this, on January 11, Khaleda Zia’s brother Shamim Iskandar wrote to the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital (BSMMU) authorities seeking the medical board’s recommendation to send her sister abroad to confirm the latest status.
Even Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said Mirza Fakhrul had requested him over the telephone to tell the Prime Minister about the parole.
However, Mirza Fakhrul did not open his mouth in this regard. When confronted by journalists after a standing committee meeting in Gulshan on February 14, he said, “Ask him (Obaidul Quader) this.” I won’t say anything about it. He even avoided asking the party leaders for anything.
During the last meeting of the Standing Committee, a leader approached Mirza Fakhrul and asked him directly about what he was talking about on parole with Obaidul Quader. But with no reply, the BNP general secretary avoided the tactic.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s political leaders have tried to free the political leaders. Senior leaders are embarrassed by the fact that Mirza Fakhrul’s telephone conversation with Obaidul Quader was leaked.
They think the weakness of the team has been revealed. Many are angry about this. They say, Fakhrul called, I did not know what the answer was. Calling means acceptance. So what else is there to hide? However, after receiving no positive response from the government, they now say that the legal struggle and the movement of the highway is the last reliance.
Senior BNP leaders said, “We want to know what happened between them (Kader-Fakhrul).” On condition of anonymity, one leader expressed resentment and said, “We have some responsibility.” ‘Madam’s body is not in good shape. His release is most urgent now. Whether it’s parole or bail. But why should we be prepared for parole in secret? The Secretary-General avoids everything. Feeling helpless nowadays’.
Alliance leaders are also in the dark about this. At a party event, one of the leaders of the unity front, Mahmudur Rahman Manna, told the BNP, “Do you really want Khaleda Zia’s teaching and unconditional release?” Get rid of the movement if you want. He did not call – what’s the matter on the phone?
Asked if the BNP standing committee member said. Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said the chair of the party was ill. We will continue the legal battle to free him. There will be movement programs as well. Asked about the parole, he said, “We do not know what his family members will decide.” The Secretary General may know.
Sources said at the meeting of the BNP standing committee last Friday, the IJB had said that they could apply for bail as often as they want. On the basis of their assurance, the High Court decided to apply for bail again.
Within days, Khaleda Zia’s lawyer will apply for bail in the Zia Charitable Trust corruption case. Referring to the latest physical condition of Khaleda Zia in the bail application, the prosecutors said they would seek permission to go abroad for better treatment.
Khaleda Mahbub Hossain, Khaleda Zia’s lawyer, said, “We will use all kinds of weapons in the law.” I will apply for bail again and again. Whether or not the family wants a parole is theirs. He said further decision was needed on parole release. When we made this proposal two years ago, our leaders did not listen.