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BNP to arrange mild for Khaleda’s ‘birthday Aug 15’

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Staff Reporter
BNP will arrange doa mahfil across the country on August 15 to mark the '74th birthday' of its chairperson Khaleda Zia, now in jail in a graft case.
Party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the program at a miald mahfil at BNP's Na-yapaltan central office on Sunday.
Jatiyatabadi Mohila Dal arranged the program marking Khaleda's late son Arafat Rahman Koko's birth anniver-sary.
A munajat was offered seeking eternal peace of Koko's departed soul at the program.
On the occasion of their chairperson's birthday, Rizvi said BNP will arrange doa mahfil in all upazilas and dis-tricts across the country on August 15 to pray for her recovery from illness and release from jail.
Khaleda was born in 1945. But, there are controversies about her actual date of birth and even the birth year.
Though various records suggest Khaleda Zia was born in 1945, her party claimed in 2015 that her actual birth year is 1946. She also registered her birth year 1946 in her new passport.
Meanwhile, the nation is set to observe the National Mourning Day on August 15 commemorating the assassi-nation of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members on August 15, 1975.
Awami League leaders have long been claiming that her birthday is September 5, 1945 as per her marriage certificate while August 19, 1946 as per her first passport. Khaleda herself put the date as August 9, 1944 while registering for her matriculation exams, they said.
Khaleda has been in Old Dhaka central jail since she was convicted in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case by a low-er court on February 8.
Rizvi also said their party's standing committee members together with BNP leaders and activists will offer fateha at their founder Ziaur Rahman's grave on the day of Eid-ul-Azha.