Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, urged the new generations to advance Bangladesh further by staying alert so no one can play ducks and drakes with the fate of the people in the future
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has again accused Ziaur Rahman of his involvement in the killing of Bangabandhu, saying that he (Zia) was the most trusted person of Khandaker Moshtaque.
“Ziaur Rahman was made army chief as he was Moshtaque's most trusted man. If Zia was not involved in the killing of Bangabandhu, why did Khandaker Moshtaque make him army chief?” she said.
The prime minister said this while taking part in a discussion at Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh (KIB) Auditorium at Dhaka's Farmgate on Saturday afternoon, reports BSS.
'Stay alert about traitors, killers'
Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League president, urged the new generations to advance Bangladesh further by staying alert so no one can play ducks and drakes with the fate of the people in the future.
The prime minister said the countrymen will have to think that, on the soil of Bangladesh, traitors like Mir Jafar and Khandaker Moshtaque were born and the people like "killer Zia" have come time and again.
“So the people, including the youth, of Bangladesh will have to take responsibility, and generation after generation will have to remain careful so no one repeats what happened before,” she said.
Bangladesh Awami League organized the discussion on the occasion of the Martyred Intellectuals Day.
At the outset of the discussion, a minute’s silence was observed as a mark of profound respect for the memories of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and other martyrs of the August 15 carnage, four national leaders, martyrs of the Liberation War, and martyred intellectuals.
The prime minister said Khandaker Moshtaque had promulgated the infamous indemnity ordinance to stop the trial of the killers of Bangabandhu, while Ziaur Rahman passed the ordinance as a law.
“The distortion of history of the liberation war started when Zia grabbed state power by violating constitution. He also freed war criminals from the jail, rewarded Bangabandhu’s killers and gave scope to Shafiul Alam Pradhan, who was convicted for seven murders, to do politics,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina described the 1974 famine as a manmade one and said the then food secretary Abdul Momen was the mastermind of the famine. “Abdul Momen was made a minister of the Ziaur Rahman cabinet,” she said.
The prime minister said such conspiracies were orchestrated after independence and its reason was to turn Bangladesh again into a province of Pakistan.
She said after the killing of Bangabandhu, the murderers had changed the name of Bangladesh as the Islamic Republic of Bangladesh. But they could not hold it as the people didn’t accept it, she said.
“More information will be revealed if you conduct research in this regard … the August 15 killing was not mere a murder, it was committed to foil our victory and destroy the country,” she said.
She said various destructive acts like killing of the public representatives, looting police stations, torching jute godowns were committed after the independence.
Sheikh Hasina said some people at that time criticised the government through their writings.
The prime minister said Ziaur Rahman was engaged in many killings and conspiracies. “One after another coup took place during Zia’s military rule and most of the freedom fighter army officers were killed in these coups and the army officers didn’t know what their offence was,” she said.