'Zia was the mastermind behind Bangabandhu's murder on August 15, 1975, and his son Tarique Rahman, was the mastermind of the August 21 grenade attack'
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said BNP founder Ziaur Rahman was the mastermind behind the killing of the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, and his family members.
“Zia was the mastermind behind Bangabandhu's murder on August 15, 1975, and his son Tarique Rahman, was the mastermind of the August 21 grenade attack,” he said, addressing a discussion event in the capital on Tuesday.
Jubo Mahila League organised the meeting at AL’s Bangabandhu Avenue Central Office, marking the 44th martyrdom anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and National Mourning Day.
Speaking as chief guest, Quader said the people who were involved in the assassination and mass murder, had faced unnatural deaths.
Recollecting the death of Mir Jafar during the British-Bengal era who was involved in the killing of Nawab Siraj ud-Daulah, he said: “When we look at the perpetrators of Bangabandhu’s murder, we see the repetition of history in a parallel event.”
Describing Bangabandhu’s killing as one of the most atrocious events in world history, Quader, who is also Awami League general secretary, said women and children had escaped the killings of Karbala, however, women and children were not spared on August 15, 1975.
If Ziaur Rahman did not patronise the killers of Bangabandhu and stop the trial process for the Bangabandhu killing by proclaiming the indemnity ordinance, Quader said, he would had not been killed.
About the Rohingya problem, he warned there is an international plot concerning the Rohingya issue and a vested quarter in the country is also involved in the conspiracy.
“We’ve information about the people who are playing dirty politics with the Rohingya issue. We will take action against them in due time,” the AL general secretary said.
Chaired by Jubo Mahila League President Nazma Akhtar, the discussion was also addressed, among others, by Awami League Office Secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap, State Minister for Women and Children Affairs and Awami League Women's Affairs Secretary Fazilatunnesa Indira, and Jubo Mahila League General Secretary Apu Ukil.