DHAKA, Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud today
said Ziaur Rahman never claimed himself as declarer of independence contrary
to what BNP claims, as Awami League leader MA Hannan was the first man to
read out the proclamation of Independence on Bangabandhu's behalf.
Zia never claimed that he declared the independence. . . But BNP always
tried to distort the history after Zia's death, he said while addressing as
the key speaker a memorial meeting of AL leader MA Hannan at Jatiya Press
Club auditorium here.
He added: I want to remind them (BNP) that the real history of Bangladesh
has been written vividly in documents of foreign countries as well.
Jananeta MA Hannan Smriti Parishad organised the memorial function, marking
the 45th death anniversary of the veteran Awami League leader of Chattogram.
Awami League Presidium Member and former minister Engineer Mosharraf
Hossain addressed the memorial function as the chief guest and party's
Organising Secretary and deputy minister for Education Mohibul Hasan
Chowdhury Nowfel as the special guest.
Awami League Publicity and Publication Deputy Secretary Aminul Islam Amin
chaired the function.
Hasan said Awami League leader MA Hannan was the first person who read out
the proclamation of Independence on behalf of the Father of the Nation
Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman from Chattogram Kalurghat Betar Kendra.
Later, the then AL leaders called Ziaur Rahman to read out the
proclamation as army personnel, he said, adding Zia as a military official
followed the instruction of the then AL leaders.
Actually, the politics of BNP is established on lies and the birth of the
party is illegal, Hasan said.
Hasan said, Now BNP's lawmakers are saying that the parliament is
illegal but they went to the parliament, so they (BNP lawmakers) also have
become illegal members of the parliament.
He said as per the court, BNP is an illegal party. No one can find BNP on
the roads. Now, they are doing politics which is Naya Paltan party office
centric, he added.
Replying to a comment of BNP leader Rizvi Ahmed, Hasan said the government
doesn't interfere in the cases of BNP chief Begum Khaleda Zia.
Hasan said Begum Zia has already got bail in some cases. So, there is no
other ways to release her as the court will decide whether she will be
released or not, the minister added.
Paying a rich tribute to MA Hannan, Mosharraf said he was a dedicated
leader of Awami League and he was also elected as organizing secretary and
later general secretary of Chattogram district unit of Awami League.
He was the first person to broadcast Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's declaration of
independence from Kalurghat Betar Kendra, he added.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)