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Overseas Eid for Hasina, Khaleda

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Overseas Eid for Hasina, Khaleda

Tarek Salman and Mahmudul Hasan

The Report

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia are doing one thing in common. They are both celebrating the Eid abroad.

Friday was the Eid Day. Khaleda Zia is now in London on a sixteen-day visit there for her treatment. She is celebrating the Eid with her elder son Tarique Rahman. She went to London on September 15 last.

Sheikh Hasina also left the country on September 23 last. After a stopover in London she flew to the US by a flight of the British Airways. She is celebrating the Eid there. She went to the US to attend the UN General Assembly. She will stay there till October 1 next.

Member of Sheikh Hasina’s entourage former environment minister Dr Hasan Mahmud told The Report that Sheikh Hasina would address the UN General Assembly. Besides, she will receive the Champion of the Earth award of the UN on September 27 for her contribution to the fight against climate change. She will also receive a medal from the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in recognition of the achievement made in the information and communication technology (ICT).

The entourage of the Prime Minister comprises the finance minister, foreign minister, the expatriates’ welfare minister, the political and economic advisers of the PM, the state minister for foreign affairs and the state minister for women and children affairs. They are also celebrating the Eid in New York.

Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury went to the US on September 23 to attend a function of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). She will return home after the Eid. Awami League General Secretary and minister Syed Ashraful Islam is also in London to celebrate the Eid with his family members.

On the other hand, BNP chairperson’s adviser Shamsuzzaman Dudu told The Report, “Madam (Khaleda Zia) for the first time is celebrating the Eid outside the country. She will undergo treatment and return home after the Eid.”

This is the second visit of the BNP chairperson to the UK after stepping down from power in 2006. On the way home in 2011 she went to London to see her elder son Tarique Rahman. After that, this is now the second visit of her there.

BNP chairperson’s adviser Amir Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury and Abdul Awal Mintoo’s son Tabith Awal accompanied Khaldea Zia to London.

Party sources said BNP Chairperson’s adviser and industrialist Abdul Awal Mintoo was staying in Bangkok. He joined the entourage of the BNP chief at the Dubai airport. BNP chairperson’s adviser Iqbal Hasan Mahmud Tuku went to New Delhi on Tuesday to attend a seminar on economic affairs. He also reached London from Delhi on Saturday.

On the other hand, many leaders now staying in the US flew to London to meet the BNP chairperson. They include BNP vice chairman Sadek Hossain Khoka, BNP chairperson’s adviser Dr Osman Faruk, BNP economic affairs secretary Abdus Salam, international affairs secretary Ehsanul Huq Milon and many others.

BNP sources said the BNP chairperson went to London for treatment of her leg and eye and spend time with her family, from which she had been detached for long. She is expected to return home on October 1.

Ends/thereport24.com/AR/Sept 25, 2015