Sunday, 2 October, 2022

No difference between Aug 15 killers and Gulshan attackers: Matia

Awami League presidium member and Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury on Tuesday said there was no difference between the militant attackers of the Holey Artisan Bakery at the city's Gulshan and the killers of the August 15 carnage of 1975.


"Because, a pregnant Japanese woman was not even spared by the militants in the Holey Artisan attack and pregnant Arzoo Moni (wife of Sheikh Fazlul Haq Moni) was not also spared by the killers of the August 15 mayhem of 1975," she said.


Begum Matia Chowdhury said this while speaking as the chief guest at a discussion and doa mahfil organised by Mahila Awami League in front of party central office at Bangabandhu Avenue in the city marking the 86th birth anniversary of Bangamata Begum Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib.


Vice-president of Mahila Awami League Safia Khatun presided over the discussion, also addressed, among others, by Awami League (AL) joint general secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif, party presidium member Advocate Sahara Khatun, women's affairs secretary Fazilatunnessa Indira, Dhaka City South AL general secretary Shahe Alam Murad, Dhaka City North AL general secretary Sadek Khan and Mahila Awami League general secretary Pinu Khan.


Paying glowing tributes to Begum Mujib, Matia Chowdhury said, "Begum Mujib was not only the source of inspiration to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman but she was also a source of courage to the champion of independence, Bangabandhu."


For this reason, she said, "Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman did not become perplexed going near to the noose. On the other hand, Begum Mujib looked after the leaders-workers of Awami League in absence of Bangabandhu and alongside, she also discharged duties properly in rearing her children."


Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif said the BNP-Jamaat combine are involved in conspiracies to make a confederation with Pakistan pushing Bangladesh into a failed state and as part of its conspiracy it has been habouring and patronising militancy.


The AL leader said the evil force, which has been nurturing and patronising the militancy, should be uprooted from the soil of Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.