Khaleda to get son Tarique to rebuild BNP

June 19th, 2009 - 11:17 am ICT by IANS  

Dhaka, June 19 (IANS) Bangladesh opposition leader and two-time prime minister Khaleda Zia may get her politician son Tarique Rahman to return from Britain to rejuvenate the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), a media report here said Friday.
Tarique, who faces graft charges, had given an understanding that he would quit politics when the previous military-backed caretaker government freed him from jail to go abroad for medical treatment.

However, BNP leaders told a rally here Thursday that he had recovered and would return to resume political work, The Daily Star reported.

Since her poll defeat last December, Zia is reportedly finding it difficult to stop in-fighting among party leaders and wants Tarique’s help.

Zia is likely to go on a foreign trip to Saudi Arabia, Britain and Singapore shortly, her first in nearly three years.

She is expected to meet Tarique, who is in a London hospital, and her younger son Arafat Rahman Koko, who is receiving medical treatment in Singapore, the newspaper quoted unidentified party sources as saying.

Zia had earlier refused to leave the country for Saudi Arabia several times on what was billed as an exile during the tenure of the caretaker government.

She held prolonged talks, agreed to leave at one stage, sent out a distress signal to the Saudi authorities that she was being forced and finally backed out.

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