Mozammel calls Zia Liberation War ‘villain’

Dhaka – Terming BNP founder Ziaur Rahman a Liberation War villain, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq on Tuesday alleged that anti-liberation forces are out to depict him as a great hero, reports UNB.

He came up with the allegation at a memorial meeting marking the ‘freedom fighters’ killing day’ organised by Major General Khaled Mosharraf Bir Uttam Smriti Parishad at the Jatiya Press Club.

The minister said, “Still, there’s an attempt to make villain Ziaur Rahman a great hero. Few days ago, people from the Pakistan Embassy challenged whether the people of Bangladesh had fought the Liberation War and made the country independent under his (Zia’s) leadership whereas the then Pakistani leaders described only Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the main hero of the war.”

Pakistani leaders Yahya Khan and Ayub Khan had identified Bangabandhu and his party Awami League as the main force behind the country’s independence and had not accepted his leadership, he added.

Mozammel said the anti-liberation forces distorted the country’s history many times since the country’s independence. “They never accepted the leadership of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman,” he added.

About Khaled Mosharraf, he said Mosharraf and others officers stood against Zia and the anti-liberation forces for the country’s sake, and sacrificed their lives.

Though Mosharraf could not succeed at that time, there is nothing to be ashamed of it. “Rather, I think it’s a matter of pride for him that he had sacrificed his life for establishing the truth and justice.”

Khaled Mosharraf’s wife Salma Khaled presided over the programme.

While ruling Awami League and its front organisations consider November 7 as the day of ‘killing of freedom fighters’, BNP and its alliances celebrate it as the National Revolution and Solidarity Day. Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Rob) observes it as the day of civil-military revolution.