Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has announced countrywide demonstration for February 17 protesting against a move to cancel the gallantry award of the party founder Ziaur Rahman.
The decision was taken at a virtual meeting of BNP standing committee held on Saturday with the party acting chairman Tarique Rahman in the chair.BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Sunday at a press conference at the party chairperson’s Gulshan office in the capital announced the demonstration programme.
Jatiya Muktijoddha Council on February 9 at a meeting took a decision to cancel the Bir Uttam gallantry award of Ziaur Rahman and some others.
As there is a prescheduled rally in Barishal on February 17, of the party will hold rallies across the country except Barishal, Mosharraf said.
Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain warned of facing dire consequence if Zia’s title is cancelled.
“You (Jatiya Muktijoddha Council) are playing with fire. Your hands will be burnt to ashes. Everyone including Ziaur Rahman who have beeen given the title have achieved it. No one has the right to touch this title,” he said.
The BNP leader came up with the statement while addressing a press briefing at the party central office in Nayapaltan of the capital on Sunday afternoon."It will not be possible to write the history of the war of liberation without Ziaur Rahman. Now those who write history, you have to write it in accordance with the truth. At a time, movement for independence, a movement for autonomy, a movement for power of Pakistan before March 25, 1971 but it is Ziaur Rahman who had started the armed liberation war,” he added.
Khandaker Mosharraf alleged that the incumbent Awami League government stays in power ‘unethically’ and it is not possible to speak moral.