'The people of the country will be able to know a lot about Bangabandhu'
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday said the new book containing secret documents of the Pakistani Intelligence Branch (IB) on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman will provide an immense opportunity for people to get to know the founding father accurately and elaborately.
"To me, it is the diamond out of a coalmine. We had been able to find the diamond inside the coalmine," she said speaking at the publication ceremony of the first edition of 'Secret Documents of Intelligence Branch on Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman' at her official residence Ganabhaban.
Emeritus Professor Rafiqul Islam chaired the function while Bangla Academy Director General Prof Shamsuzzaman Khan was the discussant.
Sheikh Hasina, the eldest daughter of the Bangabandhu, said there is a priceless depot of information in these books.
"The IB reports are against Bangabandhu. There's nothing in favour of him, everything is against him. Why have we published these reports? It's my interest that by this publication, people will know each and every activity, move and speech of the Father of the Nation from 1948-71. There is much information there," she said.
The premier also said the IB reports will give the readers, researchers and others an opportunity to find out the most valuable information about Bangabandhu.
"The people of the country will be able to know a lot about Bangabandhu."
Mentioning that there are some questions about how Bangabandhu had contributed to the Language Movement as he had been in jail at that time, Hasina said: "The hostile attitude of a section of people will be removed after reading these documents."
Explaining the reason behind the publication of the IB reports, she said: "I took the step to publish them as country's people will be able to divulge the truth from these. They'll know the history of Bangladesh. They'll be able to know how we got independence."
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Javed Patwary, Golam Mostafa of Hakkani Publishers, Father of the Nation Bangbanadhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust Member Secretary Sheikh Hajizur Rahman and Curator Nazrul Islam Khan also spoke at the program.
The Bangabandhu Memorial Trust is funding the publication of the book.
Hakkani Publishers will publish the book in 14 volumes.
Pakistani Intelligence Branch (IB) made reports on Bangabandhu every day. The book will contain various pieces of information on the country's War of Liberation and founding of Awami League, letters written to Bangabandhu by his party leaders and workers, relatives and speeches delivered by him at different meetings and public rallies.