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Former Dhaka mayor Khoka in critical condition

Published: 01 Nov 2019 Updated: 01 Nov 2019   

New York Correspondent

The physical condition of former Dhaka City Corporation Mayor and Vice Chairman of BNP Sadeque Hossain Khoka is now extremely critical. 

Doctors have given up hope of survival for the life of Khoka who is undergoing treatment at Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Hospital in Manhattan, family said on Thursday night (local time). 

Khoka is on life support in the intensive care unit (ICU) at the hospital. Khoka's son engineer Ishraq Hossain arrived in New York to see his father. In addition to Ishraq, his mother, brother and sister are always with the ailing Khoka in the hospital.

Ishraq said his father had told family members that he would not negotiate with the government about his return to the country even at any crisis situation. 

Ishraq on behalf of his father sought blessings from his countrymen for his early recovery.

Khoka has been in New York with his wife since May 14, 2014 for cancer treatment. Hwas elected mayor of the Dhaka City Corporation on April 25, 2002. He was the mayor of Dhaka metropolis for ten consecutive years till November 29, 2011. He is the vice-chairman of the current committee of the BNP. Khoka became minister several times during the BNP tenure.

A Dhaka court sentenced Khoka and three others to 10 years' imprisonment in absentia in a graft case. Arrest warrants were also issued for them.


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