BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s grandchildren have wished her on her ‘birthday’ on Thursday.
and Zahia called from abroad to greet her saying, “Happy Birthday
“They all called madam during the first hours of the day. Zaima
from London and Zafia and Zahia from Bangkok called to wish her a happy
Zaima’s parents Tarique Rahman and Jobaida Rahman and Arafat
Rahman Coco and Tabassum Rahman Shithi, parents of Zahia and Zafia, have also
greeted Khaleda Zia.
Khaleda’s sons Tarique Rahman and Arafat Rahman Coco
left the county in 2008 for medical treatment abroad. They have not returned
since. Coco is currently a fugitive convicted in a money laundering
Press Secretary to the BNP Chairperson Maruf Kamal Khan said she
will privately celebrate her birthday like every year.
A prayer session
was held at her Gulshan residence on Thursday morning. Her relatives came to her
house to wish her happy birthday.
Since 1991, when she first became Prime
Minister, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia has been celebrating 15th August as her
‘official birthday’ and since then has been widely criticised for doing that on
a day the nation’s founder Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was assassinated
with much of his family by disgruntled military officers, on Aug 15 of