DHAKA, Aug 23, 2016 (BSS)- Awami League presidium member and Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim yesterday said BNP awakened from sleep after 12 years on the issue of the August 21 grenade attack of 2004.
"But, the nation did not get any reaction from them (BNP) on the assassination of Father of the Nation and on the matter relating to trial of his killers over the past 42 years. In reality, BNP is the beneficiary of Bangabandhu killing," he said.
Nasim said this in reply to the recent statement of BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir that 'the August 21 grenade attack was a condemnable incident'.
The minister said this while speaking as the chief guest at a discussion organised by Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital on its campus in the city marking the National Mourning Day commemorating the 41st anniversary of martyrdom of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Convener of the Mourning Day Observance Committee Prof Dr ABM Maksudul Alam presided over the discussion, also addressed, among others, by Prime Minister's former health adviser Prof Dr Syed Modasser Ali, former parliamentarian Dr Mostafa Jalal Mohiuddin, Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) president Prof Dr Mahmud Hasan, Swadhinata Chikitshak Parishad general secretary Prof Dr MA Aziz and Shaheed Suhrawardy Hospital director and joint secretary of Swadhinata Chikitshak Parishad Prof Dr Uttam Kumar Barua.
Sounding a strong note of warning against the terrorists and militants, Nasim said, "The sacred religion Islam is a religion of peace. But, a few persons have been pushed towards derailment giving wrong interpretation of Islam. They have been assured of getting 'Hoor-paris' (fairies) in the heaven. It can't be a credible to any country around the world. The derailed persons should be returned to right track again."
Bringing allegation against BNP chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia of patronising the terrorists-militants, the minister said, "Killer Mostaque termed the killers of Bangabandhu as worthy sons of the soil after the carnage while BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia termed the tough tackling of the Gulshan terror attack as a bloody coup. From this, what is her (Begum Zia) stance became crystal clear to the nation."
Nasim said, "Pakistani authorities did not dare to kill Bangabandhu although he was in their grief (imprisoned in a jail in Pakistan) but a few betrayers of this country murdered him while killer Mostaque promulgated the infamous Indemnity Ordinance to stop trial of his killing. His successors Ziaur Rahman, HM Ershad and Khaleda Zia retained the black ordinance for long."
Later, the minister attended the discussion organised by Sonali Bank Muktijoddha Sangsad Santan Command at the VIP Lounge of the National Press Club marking the National Mourning Day. President of the organisation Mohammad Raihan chaired the discussion, also addressed by Food Minister Advocate Quamrul Islam.