Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday accused the late BNP founder Ziaur Rahman of involvement in the 1975 killings of the father of the nation, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and 16 other members of her family.
“There is no doubt that Ziaur Rahman was involved in the August 15 murders along with Khondaker Mostaq Ahmad,” said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“He was not only involved in the murder of a family but it was also an effort to kill the victory of our independence and its ideology.”
The prime minister - the eldest daughter of the assassinated independence leader - was speaking at the inauguration of a blood donation campaign organised by Bangladesh Krishok League (BKL) at Bangabondhu Bhaban to mark the national mourning day.
Hasina said: “Those who couldn't accept Bangladesh's victory brutally assassinated Bangabandhu and his family members."
Awami League Presidium Members Begum Matia Chowdhury, Mohammad Nasim and Dr Abdur Razzak, Joint Secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, Organizing Secretaries AFM Bahauddin Nasim and Enamul Haque Shamim, Relief and Social Affairs Secretary Faridunnahar Laily and BKL General Secretary Advocate Khandakar Shamsul Haque Reza spoke during the discussion.
BKL President Alhaz Motahar Hossain Mollah presided over the programme.
Earlier, the prime minister unveiled the cover of a BKL publication -- "Krishaker Kantho".