Hasina to visit Zafar Iqbal in hospital

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, a professor of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology, who was stabbed by an attacker.

Hasina will make the visit to the Combined Military Hospital or CMH in Dhaka to see Prof Iqbal around 12pm, her press aide Ihsanul Karim said.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, File Photo.

Prof Iqbal was attacked and injured during an Electrical and Electronic Engineering Festival event on the SUST campus on Saturday.

He was first taken to Sylhet’s Osmani Medical College Hospital for surgery but was later transferred to Dhaka’s CMH by air ambulance under instructions from Hasina. Hasina has also ordered law enforcers to take swift action against the perpetrators of the attack.

She was thanked for her actions by Prof Iqbal’s wife, Prof Yasmeen Haque.

“She made personal arrangements to bring him here and called teachers to hear first-hand accounts of the situation,” Haque told the media on Sunday.

CMH doctors said Prof Iqbal had suffered six knife injuries to the head, back and left hand during a press briefing on Sunday. He is out of danger and will take some time to recover, they said.

“At the moment he is conscious, aware and out of danger,” CMH Consultant Surgeon General Maj Gen Munshi Md Mojibur Rahman said.

“The hospital is restricting visitors to ensure a speedy recovery and minimise the risks of an infection. We hope to have everyone’s cooperation on this matter.”

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