Prime Minister and Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina on Monday said it is not unusual that those, who grabbed power illegally and then formed BNP and are still siding with Pakistanis, would not realize the historic March 7 speech of the Father of the Nation that carried the call for independence.
“After hearing comments of several BNP leaders today, – I can realize that they are still siding with the Pakistanis and flattering them. So, they are finding no messages in the historic March 7 speech. —but the Banglaees had understood that and taken preparation (for guerilla war) accordingly,” she said.
She was presiding over a discussion marking the Golden Jubilee of the Historic March 7 speech of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, organized by the Awami League, at its central office here this afternoon, reports BSS.
Joining the programme virtually from her official Ganabhaban residence in the capital, the Premier simultaneously said that the leaders of the BNP would not realize the language and essence of the historic March 7 speech as the party was formed by military dictator Ziaur Rahman who had killed the Father of the Nation and grabbed power violating the country’s Constitution and took part in the genocide on March 25 and 26 in 1971 as a Pakistani army officer.
In this connection, she said, “It is quite natural that the leaders of BNP will not realize the language and essence of the March 7 speech. There is nothing to be surprised about this. There is nothing to discuss about it as they are still not forgetting their old masters (Pakistanis).”
The Prime Minister said that the BNP leaders are now claiming that Ziaur Rahman was the announcer of the country’s independence but they have forgotten that their leader Zia had fired gunshots on the commoners in Chattogram on March 25 and 26 nights while they were putting up barricades on roads following the March 7 speech of Bangabandhu. Many of the commoners were killed in the gunshots, she added.
But the reality is that Ziaur Rahman read out the declaration of the country’s Independence announced by the Father of the Nation like many other Awami League leaders from March 26 in 1971 as it was necessary to do it by an army officer.
She added that Ziaur Rahman was Captured by the students and commoners to read out the announcement while he was going to unload firearms from Swat Ship.
The premier said that Major Rafiqul Islam was the first officer to do it but he could not do that as he apprehended that Pakistanis would take the possession of the area of Chattogram where he ambushed.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister and AL General Secretary Obaidul Quader,MP, delivered the introductory speech at the discussion.
AL’s Presidium Members Advocate Jahangir Kabir Nanak, and Abdur Rahman, Joint General Secretaries Mahbub-ul Alam Hanif, MP, and AFM Bahauddin Nasim, Labour and Manpower Affairs Secretary Habibur Rahman Siraj, Member Dr Mostofa Jalal Mohiuddin, Relief and Social Welfare Affairs Secretary Sujit Roy Nandi, Member Prof Merina Jahan, Dhaka South City AL President Abu Ahmed Mannafi and Dhaka North City AL President Sheikh Bazlur Rahman, also spoke.
Former vice chancellor of Dhaka University (DU) and editor of the “Muktir Dak”, published marking the Golden Jubilee of the historic March 7 speech of Bangabandhu, Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique, also spoke.
AL’s Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Abdus Sobhan Golap, MP, conducted the discussion from the Ganabhaban end.
The Prime Minister earlier unveiled the cover of a book titled “Muktir Dak” written on Bangabandhu’s historic March seven speech published by Yeasin Kabir Joy.