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Aug 15 carnage: PM Hasina says conspirators’ names to come out one day

There was a link between Khondaker Mostaq and Ziaur Rahman, says the premier

Update : 01 Aug 2021, 02:42 PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said the names of conspirators behind Bangabandhu’s assassination will come out one day, mentioning that there was a link between Khondaker Mostaq and Ziaur Rahman.

"The trial of the killing has been held but the conspiracy has not yet been unearthed. It’ll come out one day for sure," she said. 

The prime minister said this while opening a voluntary blood, plasma donation, and food distribution program arranged by the Bangladesh Krishak League in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi 32.  

She inaugurated and addressed the event virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban.

Krishak League arranged the voluntary program and discussion as part of a month-long program of Awami League and its associate organizations marking the National Mourning Day commemorating the martyrdom of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Sheikh Hasina, also the chief of ruling Awami League, said her prime task was to put the killers, involved directly, under trial and materialize the dreams of Bangabandhu regarding the country and its people.

The prime minister, the eldest daughter of Bangabandhu, said she did not go to the path of digging out who was behind the conspiracy. "My first priority was to change the fate of poor and hungry people, and improve their livelihoods."

The prime minister mentioned that there is nothing beyond her desire except materializing the dreams of her father.

"I want to see smiles on the faces of the people of Bangladesh and change their fate. I want Bangladesh to prosper as a developed country getting free from hunger and poverty, and for its people to move in the world arena with their heads high as a victorious nation," she said.

Hasina said if the Covid-19 pandemic had not hit Bangladesh the country would have been able to continue its development pace towards prosperity uninterruptedly. "This pandemic hit the whole world but we’ve been able to run our economy for which we greatly focused on agriculture."

The prime minister briefly described the various steps taken for the betterment of agriculture during the pandemic and before it.

Regarding the killing of August 15, she said that anti-liberation forces had captured state power after the carnage that day.

"Their level and nature of thought were aligned with Pakistanis who had assumed Bangladesh would never ever be able to rise its head. That’s why they killed Bangabandhu, and I wonder how our people got involved in this!" she said.

Hasina mentioned that Bangabandhu had enough trust in the people of Bangladesh and these people gave a huge blow to his trust by killing him brutally.

She said it is clear that there was a link between Khondaker Mostaq and Ziaur Rahman.

"Through the killing of Bangabandhu, Bangladesh had totally deviated from the ideals and spirit of the Liberation War," she said, adding that the only aim of the killing was to destroy the emergence of Bangladesh and its victory.

Awami League Presidium Members Matia Chowdhury and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Awami League Agriculture and Cooperatives Secretary Faridun Nahar Laily, Office Secretary and prime minister’s Special Assistant Barrister Biplab Barua, Krishak League President Samir Chanda, and General Secretary Advocate Umme Kulsum Smriti also spoke at the event.

One minute silence was observed at the beginning of the program to show respect to the martyrs of August 15, and prayers were offered seeking divine blessings for the eternal peace of the departed souls.

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