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No discrimination against Khaleda

Says adviser on her treatment

Communications Adviser Ghulam Quader yesterday ruled out any discrimination towards detained BNP chief Khaleda Zia and said she has been given every offer of treatment at home or abroad.

The case of Khaleda's elder son Tarique Rahman is also under consideration on humanitarian grounds, the adviser said. He however did not comment on the release of the former premier's younger son Arafat Rahman Koko.

"No, we're not making any discrimination towards her at all. She is a former prime minister and chief of a big political party," the adviser said promptly when newspersons pointed out delay in releasing her compared to the release of Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina.

The government released Hasina on June 11 for treatment abroad and she left the country the next day for the US.

"You can say the process [to release Khaleda] has started lately and there are some legal tangles. But she has been offered all kinds of ways -- treatment at home or abroad," the adviser told reporters at his ministry. He added the government would do everything for Khaleda's treatment.

When asked about overseas treatment of Tarique and Koko, he said it is difficult to say at the moment.

"Khaleda Zia's case is different from them. She is the former prime minister. However, we're considering Tarique's case from humanitarian angle."

The adviser declined to comment when reporters asked about broken spinal cord of Tarique. "I am not a doctor, and I have not seen the medical report.

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