Dialogue as soon as Khaleda, Tarique freed
Friday, 29 August 2008

BNP secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain speaks to reporters in front of special jail on the National Sangsad Bhaban premises Thursday. Jamaat-e-Islam secretary general Ali Ahsan Mujahid looks onSays Delwar

Staff Correspondent

BNP will join in dialogue as soon as the government releases Khaleda Zia and Tarique Rahman, secretary general Khandaker Delwar Hossain said Thursday.

Delwar told reporters after meeting the party chief at the special jail that Khaleda had expressed interest in joining the dialogue process.
"The government will have to create an environment for that to happen," Delwar said quoting the former prime minister.
Delwar and Jamaat-e-Islami secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed visited Khaleda in the makeshift jail after she was granted bail in the Barapukuria coal mine graft case on Thursday, and her elder son Tarique secured bail in the last of the cases pending trial.
The three-hour meeting from 12:45pm was their first since Khaleda was arrested on Sept 3 last year.
Khaleda repeated her request to the government to let Tarique go abroad for better medical treatment, Delwar added.
"BNP is an election-oriented party. It has participated in all elections in the past and it wants to join the next elections too," Delwar said.
Deputy inspector general of prisons Major Shamsul Haider Siddiqui told bdnews24.com that the two leaders left the special jail around 3:30 pm.

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