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Zia’s 80th birth anniversary observed

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 19th January, 2016 11:42:14 PM
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Zia’s 80th birth anniversary observed

BNP and its associate bodies on Tuesday celebrated the 80th birth anniversary of party founder Ziaur Rahman across the country with a fresh vow to ‘restore’ democracy and people’s right in the country.


BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia paid homage to Ziaur Rahman, her late husband, by placing wreaths at his grave in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar, marking his birth anniversary, UNB reports.


Khaleda, flanked by party leaders and activists, went to the grave around 11:30 am and placed flowers on it.


She offered Fateha and prayed with the party leaders and workers, seeking salvation of her husband’s departed soul.


BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Dr Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, Lt Gen (retd) Mahbubur Rahman, Tariqul Islam, Dr Abdul Moyeen Khan, vice-chairmen Abdullah Al Noman, Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yousuf, Selima Rahman, chairperson’s advisers Shamsuzzaman Dudu, party joint secretaries general M Shahjahan and Ruhul Kabir Rizvi, were, among others, present.


Talking to reporters after placing wreaths, Fakhrul said ‘resorting’ democracy and people’s rights are the main challenges now for their party.


“Now democracy is deported and Bangladesh is at stake. We’re working to organise people to overcome this situation. We all have to be united for restoring democracy and people’s rights,” he said.


Fakhrul said they have taken a vow at Zia’s grave that they will work for freedom of people and the welfare of the country and its people following Zia’s ideals.


Earlier, party flags were hoisted at the party’s Nayapaltan central office and chairperson's Gulshan office at 6:00 am, marking the day.


BNP and its associate bodies and district units also marked the day with various programmes, including discussion, milad mahfil, medical camps, and others social cultural programmes.


Doctors’ Association of Bangladesh (DAB) arranged a free medical camp and voluntary blood donation on the ground floor of BNP’s Nayapaltan central office at 9:00am and it was opened until 4pm.


A discussion on the life of Ziaur Rahman was held on Sunday at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh on the occasion.


Born on January 19, 1936 at Bagbari in Bogra, Zia had become the country's 7th president and formed Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).


Zia was assassinated by a group of army officers at Chittagong Circuit House on the night of May 30, 1981. Since then, BNP is headed by his wife Khaleda Zia.