15th Aug massacre was to kill independence, ideology: PM


DHAKA, Aug 1, 2017 (BSS) – Accusing again Ziaur Rahman of his involvement in the killing of Bangabandhu, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said the August 15 massacre was aimed to kill independence and the ideology with which Bangladesh was born.

“The 15th August massacre was not for only murdering a family, it was an effort to kill the victory of independence and the ideology with which Bangladesh was liberated in 1971 … those who couldn’t accept Bangladesh’s victory brutally assassinated Bangabandhu,” she said.

The premier was addressing a voluntary blood donation programme and discussion in front of Bangabandhu Memorial Museum at Dhanmondi-32 in the capital this afternoon.

Bangladesh Krishak League (BKL) arranged the blood donation programme and discussion as part of the month-long programme of Bangladesh Awami League and its associate organizations marking the 42nd National Mourning Day commemorating the martyrdom of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman 42 years ago.

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 took part in the discussion.

BKL President Alhaz Motahar Hossain Mollah presided over the function.

Earlier, the prime minister unveiled the cover of a BKL publication — “Krishaker Kantho”.


Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League chief, said those who were freedom fighters in name only and whose hearts remained in Pakistan unleashed the destruction of the country by carrying out the carnage in 1975. “Through this they tried to take the country backward,” she said.

The premier said such incidents were staged in different parts of the world at that time. “But eliminating a family is rare in history,” she said, adding the massacre that happened in Karbala was repeated in Bangladesh in 1975.

Describing the August 15 killing as the blackest chapter for the country, the prime minister said there is no doubt that Ziaur Rahman was equally involved with killer Moshtak in the murder of Bangabandhu.

Sheikh Hasina said Moshtak grabbed power through killing, coup and conspiracy and declared himself as the president violating the Constitution. “Later, he appointed Zia as the army chief,” she said.

The infamous indemnity ordinance was passed to save Bangabandhu’s killers and the ordinance was ratified through the 5th amendment to the Constitution, she said. But Moshtaque couldn’t stay in power more than two and a half years and Chief Justice ASM Sayem became the president, she said.

The prime minister said removing Chief Justice ASM Sayem from the post of president at gunpoint, Ziaur Rahman declared himself as the president and the chief martial law administration. “Zia at that time held three posts simultaneously,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu’s killers audaciously said that none will be able to try them as Ziaur Rahman rewarded them by giving postings to different Bangladesh missions abroad.