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PM shows ‘utmost humanity’ towards Khaleda, says Obaidul Quader

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Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader has said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina showed 'utmost humanity' by suspending the jail sentence of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia for an opportunity to take treatment staying at her home.

“Despite attempts to kill Sheikh Hasina, arrangements have been made showing the utmost humanity to her so that Khaleda can stay at her home,” he said while speaking at a meeting with the party's central, Dhaka city and associate bodies' leaders at AL President Sheikh Hasina's political office in the city's Dhanmondi, reports BSS.

The general secretary of the ruling party said as per the directives of the Hawa Bhaban, a grenade attack was carried out to kill AL President Sheikh Hasina.

“Bangabandhu was killed along with most of his family members under the patronage of the BNP founder Ziaur Rahman,” he said, adding that this would not have been possible without Zia's consent.

Obaidul Quader said although BNP has created the wall of division in politics, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina suspended the jail sentence of Khaleda, giving her an opportunity to take treatment staying at her home.

He said, “Awami League is not responsible for the legal complications created over the treatment of BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia abroad.”

Quader said Khaleda was sued during the caretaker government and she was convicted in cases.

"So, she has to abide by the law...sympathy was shown. The Awami League is not responsible for the legal complication regarding her treatment abroad," he said.

About a demand for half bus fare of students, the road transport and bridges minister said the half fare on public transport was effective from the past, while the government has confirmed half fare for students on BRTC buses.

Announcing the AL's Victory Day programme, he said there will be a rally on December 16. The President of India will attend the national programme on December 11, Quader said, adding that there would be a month-long programme with billboards, banners, festoons and lighting.

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