DHAKA, March 27, 2017 (BSS) - Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossen today ruled out former President Ziaur Rahman as the announcer of the Independence and said if he [Ziaur Rahman] was the announcer of the Independence then the liberation war was also supposed to be held under his leadership but that was not the case.
"If that was the case then Zia would have been the chief of the government in exile or the commander in chief of the Liberation war....but, he didn't held those posts during war of liberation..he was a paid soldier of the exile government," said the minister as the chief guest while addressing the Independence and the National Day discussion held at the officers club here yesterday.
Mosharraf told the discussion that Bangabandhu declared the War of Independence on the early hours of March 26, adding that he had sent the declaration copy to Chittagong and then Awami League (AL) leader of Chittagong MA Hannan repeatedly had announced this declaration from Kalurghat radio station on March 26.
The history of liberation had started to distort following the assassination of Bangabandhu and his family members, said the minister. The anti-liberation forces had been involved with the same activities for the past 21 years, he added.
Even BNP leader Khaleda Zia also had created controversy over the number of 30 lakh martyrs during the War of Independence, Engineer Mosharraf regretted.
Chaired by Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam, the discussion meeting was also addressed, among others, by General secretary of the club Mohammad Ibrahim Hossen Khan and convenor of the liberation war affairs sub-committee of the club Rashidul Alam.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)