Sheikh Hasina, also President of Bangladesh Awami League, said Bangladesh
Nationalist Party (BNP) founding president Ziaur Rahman had a link with the
killings of the Father of the Nation and the four national leaders.

“History denotes who were behind these killings. Ziaur Rahman was involved
in the conspiracy with Mustaque in carrying out the heinous killings,” she

Describing November 3 as a black spot in the history, the Prime Minister
said, “The killers were allowed to enter the jail (Dhaka Central Jail) with
firearms on the plea of discussion at the directive of killer Mustaque.

They killed the four national leaders and bayoneted them to confirm their
deaths.” The premier added: “The killers tried to portray the assassination
of the Father of the Nation along with most of his family members on August
15, 1975, as an attack on a family.

But after the killings of the four national leaders in jail on November 3,
it had become clear to all that the defeated anti-liberation forces had
carried out the heinous killings.”

“The killings were a retaliation of the anti-liberation forces against the
Father of the Nation and four national leaders for their uncompromising
leadership in the War of Liberation,” she continued.

Sheikh Hasina said, “The killers were given foreign postings rather to bring
them to book,” adding that an indemnity ordinance was passed at that time to
stop the trial in the Bangabandhu killing case whereas no indemnity was given
to the Jail Killing Case.

“But such a law was framed in our country. Our right to seek justice was
denied,” she said.

The premier said her government scrapped the black law 21 years after the
assassination of Bangabandhu and executed the verdict after assuming office
through the 2008 elections.

Sheikh Hasina blasted Ziaur Rahman and his wife Khaleda Zia for patronizing
the killers of Bangabandhu and four national leaders, freeing the Pakistani
collaborators from jail and giving them positions in the government in
different times since 1975.

The premier highly criticized Ziaur Rahman as he made Shah Azizur Rahman the
Prime Minister who went to the United Nations to stand against the Liberation
War and for bringing back war criminal Gulam Azam to the country from
Pakistan and allowing him to do politics.

Reiterating her firm commitment toconduct the ongoing drive against militancy, terrorism, narcotics andcorruption, she said, “The drive must be continued to reap the benefits of
massive development carried out by her government.”

Bitterly criticising the BNP for plundering public money, the premier said
the BNP chief and her two sons were involved in looting money and patronised
the acts of militancy and corruption.

“Khaleda Zia herself embezzled money from an orphanage trust,” she said,
adding that they did not want the welfare of the people as Khaleda Zia after
assuming office lowered down the food and electricity production and stopped
the operation of community clinics.

Referring to the BNP’s movement in 2013, 2014 and 2015, the premier said
they burnt people to death to foil the parliamentary polls.

The AL president alleged that BNP after assuming office ran countrywide mayhem. The premier
slammed BNP for patronizing the militancy and terrorism and gave a hint that
she was the target of the cross-country bombings on August 17, 2005.

The prime minister said she didn’t know why people are shedding
crocodile tears on the treatment of a corrupt like Khaleda Zia. Pointing
finger at Tariqe Rahman, she also criticized the BNP leadership for bowing
down to a decision of making a fugitive the acting chairperson of the party.

The prime minister said democracy has been restored through a long
struggle. “We want to build a sustainable democratic system as it’s the only
way for a country to prosper.”

The premier said that all post-1975 governments other than Awami League’s
have made their own fortune and created an elite section in the country to
make sure their stay in power.

Noting that Bangladesh is now considered as the miracle of development due
to the massive development works carried out by the Awami League government,
she said, “Many people questioned us how we could do that? I believe the love
for people and the country as well with having dutifulness and sense of
responsibilities have made it possible.”

The premier once again vowed to make Bangladesh a developed and prosperous
country free from poverty and hunger as dreamt by Father of the Nation
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.