Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has accused military dictator Ziaur Rahman and his wife Khaleda Zia of resorting to the politics of killings.
The slain military-chief turned president had also enacted indemnity law to save the killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the leaders and activists of the Awami League, she said on Sunday.
The Prime Minister made this remarks while addressing a discussion in Dhaka on the 45th anniversary of Bangabandhu’s assassination and national mourning day.
Hasina accused her predecessor Khaleda, the widow of Zia, of indiscriminate killing of people after assuming office of the prime minister through the rigged October 1, 2001 election in line with her husband’s footsteps.
The so-called “Operation Clean Heart”, initiated by the BNP-Jamaat alliance government was the first step of a culture of extrajudicial killings in the country, she said.
Hasina said Khaleda Zia had given indemnity to wholesale killings after assuming office in 2001 so that trials of those crimes could not be held as her husband did the same by giving indemnity to the killers of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Sheikh Hasina accused again Ziaur Rahman of his involvement in the killing of Bangabandhu, saying that he gave all sorts of support to the murderers.
“Zia even gave lucrative foreign postings to the killers of Bangabandhu, while Zia’s wife [Khaleda] brought self-confessed killer of Bangabandhu to parliament through vote rigging,” she added.
AL General Secretary and Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, MP, gave introductory speech while the party’s Publicity and Publication Secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap, MP, moderated the function.
AL Presidium Member Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanok central committee member AKM Jahangir Hossain, Dhaka North City AL President Sheikh Bazlur Rahman and Dhaka South City AL President Abu Ahammed Mannafi spoke on the occasion.
At the outset of the discussion, a one-minute silence was observed as a mark of respect to the memories of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu and other martyrs of the August 15 carnage.
Hasina said that Bangabandhu’s killers were leading a lavish life after getting jobs in different foreign missions and government services when the relatives of the martyrs had to stay abroad as refugees after the August 15 massacre.
The prime minister said Khandaker Moshtaque promoted Ziaur Rahman as the army chief. “If Zia was not involved in the killing of Bangabandhu, why Moshtaque made him army chief?” she questioned.
Hasina said Ziaur Rahman denied to give visa to British MP Tomas Williams to visit Bangladesh as a representative of the international commission formed to investigate the August 15 carnage.
“The refusal proved Zia’s involvement in the killing of Bangabandhu,” she said.