The sordid tale of a ruthless dictator

The facts Zayadul Ahsan presents are set off in an eerie pattern from the moment Zia loyalists, Mir Shawkat Ali for instance, move resolutely against the mutineers. Over the next twenty days or so, it would be an operation of relentless cruelty as the Zia regime, guided by vindictiveness and palpably oblivious to all norms of civilized behavior,...

7 November 1975: Questions that call for good answers

Syed Badrul Ahsan: In a season of murder and mayhem, it was one more day for the country to go through infamy. On 7 November 1975 it was an ugly continuation of the cycle of assassinations, of the breakdown of rule of law Bangladesh was compelled to suffer through. Bangabandhu and his family had been silenced in August. In early November, his c...

November 7: The Conspiracy in the cantonment to assassinate freedom fighter army personnel

A chaotic situation erupted in the Dhaka cantonment on November 7, 1975, just after midnight. The members of Colonel Taher's revolutionary military men became active in response to the call of the then army chief Ziaur Rahman, also a patron behind Bangabandhu’s assassination. The soldiers, who returned from Pakistan, started killing and ca...

Find out how many people did Zia kill in jails: HPM Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged lawmakers to find out how many people were killed in each jail across the country during Ziaur Rahman's regime. “You (MPs) should move forward to find out how many people were killed in jails, especially in Dhaka, Bogura, Rajshahi, Khulna, and Cumilla. Hundreds of people were hanged to death in eac...

The sinister aftermath of a most heinous killing

Shakhawat Liton: After three and a half years of the brutal assassination of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and most of his family members, the second parliament dominated by BNP--a newly formed political party led by then military ruler General Ziaur Rahman, who was the biggest beneficiary of the heinous crime, passed a strange condolence m...

Ziaur Rahman: The Mastermind Behind The Assassination of Bangabandhu & His Family

Bangladesh has executed six murderers for killing the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family on August 15, 1975. Some are also on run. But those who were behind the barbaric massacre have misled the ordinary people by claiming themselves as pro-liberation forces. However, their role has become clearer after diploma...

Evidence of Zia-Mostaq's Blueprint to Assassinate Bangabandhu

After the end of the War of Independence, the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman started introducing democracy for the exploited people aiming to improve the destiny of 80 per cent of poor people of the country. He was also able to send the Indian troops back to their country within just three months, On March 26, 1972, he ...

BNP’s Dirty Politics with Liberation War: An Unforgivable Offence

Bangladesh is celebrating its Golden Jubilee of Independence in 2021. The government and non-government organizations, institutions and political parties have chalked out different programmes over the year. But why has BNP been the talking point by observing the 50 years of historic 7th March speech? BNP drew appreciation from people when it an...

Ziaur Rahman: Liberator of the War Criminals and Executioner of the Freedom Fighters

Sharif Shahab Uddin: A tree is known by its fruit, and a man by his acts and deeds. And General Zia is no exception. He is also known for his acts and deeds. It has been a fact that Major Zia, as a loyal officer of the Pakistan Army, was going to help unloading arms that had arrived at the Chittagong Port from West Pakistan just before the star...

Justice Commission on 1975 and post-1975 junctures demanded

Those who rose to power following the 1975 assassination of Bangabandhu and misguided the nation and prolonged their tenure by murdering freedom fighters and armed forces personnel must be unmasked, said speakers, demanding that a justice commission be formed in this regard. They also urged conducting research on the murder of four national lea...

BNP was born through murders and conspiracies: HPM Sheikh Hasina

Terming BNP as a “party of killers”, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said the party was born through murders and conspiracies. “The founder of BNP was a killer and he floated the party with those who were involved in murders … there is nothing to defend it,” she said. Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League (AL) presid...