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Saturday, July 4, 2015, Ashar 20, 1422 BS, Ramadan 16, 1436 Hijr

Khaleda-Tarique meeting in KSA as both set to perform Umrah
Published : Saturday, 4 July, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 29

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her eldest son Tarique Rahman are likely to go Saudi Arabia on Wednesday to perform Umrah as the Royal guests of the Saudi government.
The BNP chief is scheduled to fly from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in a flight of Emirates Airlines either on Tuesday or Wednesday evening, her media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan told UNB.
However, a source close to Khaleda wishing anonymity said she will leave here for Saudi on Wednesday.
Khaleda goes to Saudi Arabia every Ramadan to perform Umrah and pass the last days of the holy moth there in special prayers.
Party sources said BNP senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman and his wife and daughter, now in London, will also to go to Saudi Arabia the same day to perform Umrah.
Tarique also had a reunion with his mother during last Ramadan as they performed Umrah and stayed Saudi Arabia over a week.
Following the 111 political changeover in 2007, Khaleda and her two sons were arrested on different corruption charges. After their release in 2008,
Tarique along his wife and one daughter went to London while Koko with his family members flew to Thailand for treatment purposes.  Since then Tarique, senior vice-chairman of BNP, has been staying in London while Koko in Malaysia where he flew from Thailand.
On January 24 this year, Khaleda Zia's younger son Arafat Rahman Koko died of cardiac arrest in Malaysia at the age of 45. It will be the first reunion of Khaleda and Tarique after Koko's demise. Koko's wife and two daughters are also likely to accompany Khaleda during the Saudi tour.      ?UNB

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