The prime minister made the statement during a discussion organized by the Awami League at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said there was no doubt that BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia was also involved in the August 15 carnage conspiracy, reported UNB.
"Zia's wife [Khaleda] brought self-confessed killer of the father of the nation [Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman] to parliament by rigging votes. What does it mean? It was not only Zia, but also his wife who was involved in the conspiracy of the August 15 carnage. There is no doubt about it,” Hasina said during a discussion organized by the Awami League at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka, marking National Mourning Day and the 43rd death anniversary of Bangabandhu.
The prime minister said Ziaur Rahman had obstructed the investigation into the August 15 killing as he was fully involved in it.
"Why did he obstruct the investigation if he had not been engaged in the process? Zia was fully involved."
Referring to Zia's family members, she said: "These killers carried out the August 21 grenade attack (on Awami League's rally in 2004) and made repeated attempts (to kill me). What development will the country witness and what justice will people get if they assume power (again)?"
Terming August 15 “the most stigmatized day,” Hasina said Bangladesh would have been a developed and prosperous county in the world had the father of the nation been still alive.
Talking about the recent student demonstration for safe roads, she said it was the government's duty to take actions against those who wanted to create unrest in the country by instigating the students.
The premier said the government took all measures, including arresting the bus driver and his helper, after the killing of two students in a road accident, but a group of people relentlessly instigated the students and spread rumours using social media platforms and media.
There were also very renowned, wise and intellectual individuals among the instigators, the premier added.
Many people, including those who believe in Pakistani spirit, were involved in the instigation, she said. “But when the government arrested them, it draws hue and cry both in the national and the international arenas."
"If anyone commits an offence, instigates, and use children to achieve personal gains, its the state's duty to take actions against that person, no matter how powerful he or she may be," Hasina said.
She criticized those who thought they would get protection despite committing offences because they are famous writers, journalists and scholars.
Coming down heavily on some media outlets, she said the duty of some newspapers is only to tarnish the image of the Awami League, make her government questionable and hamper the party's popularity.
The prime minister said they always think that they will get honour, flag or some businesses and facilities if anyone comes to power through the illegal channel.
"They are opportunists. Only because of them, the people of Bangladesh repeatedly fell in danger and lost their rights and democracy," she said.
Hasina, however, said her government would not allow anyone to play ducks and drakes with the fate of the country's people.
The ruling party’s General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Health Minister Mohammad Nasim and Awami League leader Advocate Sahara Khatun, General Secretary of Samyabadi Dal Dilip Barua and Tajuddin Ahmed's daughter Simeen Hussain Rimi, MP, also spoke on the occasion, among others.