Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud on Sunday said Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is claiming that BNP founder Ziaur Rahman was laid to rest in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla Nagar area despite the fact that there no body of Zia there.
“This is an un-Islamic work. BNP is deceiving people, as Zia’s body is not at the grave,” he told reporters at his official residence in the city’s Minto Road before departing for New Delhi on an official visit.
“I have newspaper cuttings of that time in my mobile phone and it was reported that nobody saw the body of Zia,” he said.
The minister said Zia’s son Tarique Rahman was crying his eyes out to see the body, but he was not allowed.
“Even, Khaleda Zia didn’t see the body. Nobody saw the dead body of Zia,” he said.
Hasan quoted Jahir from Rangunia, who was a witness to the event and is still alive, as saying that a body was exhumed but they didn’t see whether it is Zia’s body.
“Let them provide proof for their claims. But they didn’t do that. In the past, BNP used to visit the grave on special days, but now they are visiting it every week and fighting sometimes,” he said.
About the implementation of ‘clean feed’ of foreign TV channels, Hasan said a meeting was held recently with the authorized distributors of foreign channels, cable operators and DTH service providers.
And it was informed that actions would be taken if they don’t run advertisement-free (clean feed) contents and don’t obey rules and regulations of cable operating license from October 1, he said.
The minister is expected to return home on September 9 after holding meetings with the Indian foreign minister, information and broadcasting minister and foreign secretary.