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Khaleda’s recovery frustrates BNP leaders

Dr Hasan Mahmud

Published : 04 Feb 2022 10:05 PM | Updated : 05 Feb 2022 01:38 PM

Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Friday said although the BNP workers expressed relief after the recovery of its chairperson Khaleda Zia, the BNP leaders got disappointed thinking that the Begum Zia’s recovery had poured water on their movement.

He made the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting with the leaders of Bangladesh Editors’ Forum at his official residence in Dhaka, a ministry press release said.

Editors’ Forum adviser Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury and its convener Rafiqul Islam Ratan, other members, were present.

Hasan, also the Awami League joint general secretary, said the BNP leaders were disappointed as Begum Zia returned home from hospital after her recovery from illness.

The doctors have poured water on the BNP’s meetings and rallies held across the country, demanding to send Khaleda abroad for her health treatment, he said.

Doctors said the BNP leader has recovered a lot since she was 77 and her problems are related to old-age and arthritis, the information minister said.

Responding to a question, he said BNP leader Ruhul Kabir Rizvi was talking perplexed after getting frustrated and on the other hand, the BNP workers expressed relief after Begum Zia returned home after her recovery but the BNP leaders did not show satisfaction.

About the meeting with the Editors’ Forum, Hasan said the forum is a big organisation of many popular newspapers.

During the meeting, they discussed distribution of advertisements and supplements among all newspapers amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and various issues of newspapers, including disbursement of due bills from different ministries and departments, he said.

The information minister said Bangladesh has advanced a lot today but those, who do not like the progress and development of the country, are presenting fabricated information to foreigners and hatching conspiracy aiming to hinder the overall development of Bangladesh.

He said the Editors’ Forum informed that it would continue playing its role in resisting plots, upholding the spirit of Liberation War and keeping people safe from propaganda.

Bangladesh Editors’ Forum’s advisory council members Azizul Islam Bhuiyan, Sharif Sahabuddin and Belayet Hossain, its joint convener Nasima Khan Monty, member secretary Faruk Ahmed Talukder and forum members Dulal Ahmed Chowdhury, Mofizur Rahman Khan Babu and Rimon Mahfuz took part in the discussion.