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Zia's presidency: Khaleda's claim differ with BNP site

Update : 27 Mar 2014, 03:48 PM

It appears that the BNP has been contradicting on its claim regarding Ziaur Rahman being the first president of Bangladesh as Khaleda and Tarique’s claim does not match with the information on their official website.

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and her elder son, the party's senior vice chairman, Tarique Rahman claimed that Zia was the first president of Bangladesh.

However, the official BNP website www.bangladeshnationalistparty-bnp.org said the party acknowledged Ziaur Rahman as the seventh president of Bangladesh.

“Founded in 1978 by Major General Ziaur Rahman, the seventh president of Bangladesh, the party..,” the founding history section of the website read.

On the note of authenticity of the website, Dhaka Tribune looked up the address with www.whois.com – a website that looks up website registration.

The website is registered to Bangladesh Nationalist Party with registrant ID CR81094577 with office address 28-1 Nayapaltan, Dhaka 1000, Bangladesh.

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the president of Bangladesh after independence to January 1972, national encyclopedia Banglapedia says.

Abu Sayeed Choudhury was the second president from January 1972 until December 1973 and Mohammad Mohammad Ullah from 1973 to January 1975.

Bangabandhu was the president for second time from January 1975 until his assassination in August that year, after which Khondakar Mostaq Ahmed took charge for a brief period.

Abusadat Mohammad Sayem was the president from November 1975 to April 1977. It was Ziaur Rahman who came as the seventh president of Bangladesh.

On Thursday, BNP Chairperson claimed Ziaur Rahman the first president of Bangladesh. Her son Tarique made the claim on Wednesday.

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