United News of Bangladesh
Accusing Awami League (AL) of killing around 40,000 freedom fighters during its 1971-1975 rule, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia on Wednesday said the nation will one day put the ruling party on trial for the murders.
“They (AL) speak about trial. This party killed some 40,000 freedom fighters…they should be tried…they also killed Biswajit, freedom fighter Siraj Shikder and many more freedom fighters. They’ll be made accountable for the murders and be tried one day,” she warned.
The BNP chief was addressing a reception accorded to freedom fighters by BNP at Mohanagar Natyamanch, marking the Victory Day.
Khaleda slated the ruling party men for what she said their autocratic attitude, saying it seems that the country is the paternal property of Awami League. “The freedom fighters liberated this country through a war…it can’t be the paternal property of any party.”
The former premier said the 18-party has lunched a movement against this killer, oppressor, and autocrat government demanding restoration of the caretaker government. “The polls must be held under a non-party caretaker government. No election will be held under Awami League and it won’t be allowed,” she reiterated.
Khaleda said the 18-parrty will continue its movement until a real government of people is established ousting, what she termed, the incumbent fascist regime.
She alleged that the government is arresting opposition leaders and activists and filing false cases against them while it releasing killers and top terrors from prisons. “The more the government will arrest the opposition activists, the more the number of protesters will increase…there’ll be no minus from BNP now, as people will join it deserting the ruling party.”
Khaleda also alleged that a deep-rooted conspiracy is on to change the country’s map. “Why our Bangladeshi bothers are being killed regularly along the border. Why Felani’s body was hung on the barbed wire. The government has no answer as it’s subservient to its foreign master but you (freedom fighters) know the answer,” Khaleda said.
The BNP chairperson said her party has no foreign master but many foreign friends. “Awami League thinks that its foreign masters will install it in power again, but people won’t let it happen.”
This country will be run as per the will of its people, not at the behest of any master, she said adding, “We want good relations with all but it’ll have to be based on equity and mutual respect. We won’t bow our head down to any one, tolerate dominance of any country and won’t flatter anybody.”
She urged the freedom fighters to wage another movement together with the new generation to save the country, take it to prosperity and stand as a nation raising the head high.
Stating that the present regime is surrounded by thieves, Khaleda said all the advisers to the Prime Minister, her cabinet colleagues, her relatives and party MPs are thieves. “Country’s development is not possible by these thieves.”
She alleged that the names of two Abuls — former communication minister Syed Abul Hossain and former state minister for foreign affairs Abul Hasan Chowdhury — were dropped from the Anti Corruption Commission’s probe report apprehending that it may lead to the revelation of the names of bigwig involved in Padma Bridge graft.
Holding Awami league responsible for the killing of Biswajit in Old Dhaka during a blockaded programme sponsored by 8-party alliance, Khaleda accused Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of lying about the gruesome murder.
Recalling that her party-led previous government had constituted the Liberation War Affairs Ministry, Khaleda said if BNP is voted to power it will raise the allowance for freedom fighters further and give the charge of the ministry to a dedicated freedom fighter for the development and welfare of the freedom fighters.
Several thousand freedom fighters along with BNP leaders and activists attended the function, presided over by BNP vice chairman Maj (retd) Shahjahan Omar.
United News of Bangladesh