Saturday 10, December 2022

BNP a by-product of Mujib killing: Hasan Mahmud

Time News Desk: Information and broadcasting minister, Hasan Mahmud, on Monday said that Ziaur Rahman and his family were the biggest beneficiaries of Bangladesh’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s killing and that the BNP was the by-product of the incident.

‘It is a matter of great regret that BNP’s founder, Ziaur Rahman, was one of the main kingpins of the brutal killing. Zia and his family were the biggest beneficiaries of Bangabandhu’s assassination and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party is the by-product of the incident,’ he said.

The minister told reporters after paying rich tribute to the country’s founding president, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, by placing wreaths at his portrait at Dhanmondi-32 in the capital along with the leaders of the Awami League marking the National Mourning Day.

Hasan said that Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was killed brutally along with most of his family members on this day in 1975. The killers were tried, but one of the main kingpins of the killing, including Ziaur Rahman, was not tried, he added.

He said that now the hope of the nation was to bring the masterminds of the Mujib killing under trial by forming a commission and unmasking them before the future generation. The government is working to this end to bring back the fugitive killers of Mujib to execute the verdict, said Hasan, also the Awami League joint general secretary.

Later, the minister joined a discussion organised by Muktijuddher Chetonar Sangbadik Forum at the National Press Club in Dhaka.

Bangladesh Federal Union of Journalists former president and Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha managing director and chief editor Abul Kalam Azad, senior journalists Manjurul Ahsan Bulbul, Azizul Islam Bhuiyan, BFUJ president Omar Faruque, secretary general Dip Azad, NPC president Farida Yesmin, DUJ president Sohel Haider Chowdhury, general secretary Akter Hossain, NPC joint secretary Mainul Alam, and treasurer Shahed Chowdhury, among others, addressed the discussion with forum president Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury in the chair.

Hasan Mahmud said that the anti-liberation evil forces had become impatient as the pro-liberation force had been in power for thirteen and a half years. For this, they (anti-liberation forces) are hatching conspiracies and creating confusion among the countrymen, he added.

Concerning the responsibility of journalists, the minister said that journalists’ society had played a pivotal role in all sectors, including the independence movement and the struggle for freedom. Any government in the world could not run the state with 100 per cent accuracy and they could not do it in the future, either, he added.

‘We have also made mistakes. But, currently, some mass media have chosen the path of creating confusion among the people to project the partial situation of the country by hiding the global situation. I would like to urge every member of the forum to be vocal against the ill efforts through their reporting from their respective organisations,’ he said.

Warning the agitators, Hasan said that prime minister Sheikh Hasina had shown her generosity and gave instructions not to obstruct and arrest the protesters. ‘We also didn’t obstruct any peaceful movement earlier. But, tough actions would be taken if anyone tries to carry out vandalism, arson attacks to destroy the peace of common people,’ he added.

The minister said that it was needed to prevent injustice to establish justice. The trial of Mujib’s killing has been completed while the trial of war criminals is going on, he added.

It is also needed to hold the trial of those people who gave directives and provided money to kill innocent people through petrol bomb attacks in the name of establishing justice, he said.

Regarding Khaleda Zia’s fake birthday, Hasan said, Begum Zia has proved and accepted that her husband Ziaur Rahman was the main kingpin of the Mujib killing by changing her birthday to August 15.


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