Khondaker Mostaq, General Ziaur Rahman among those who masterminded the Aug 15 massacre: Sajeeb Wazed


Dhaka, Aug. 16 — Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was revered for his strong personality and a steely resolve to stand for the cause of his people, PM’s ICT Affairs Advisor Sajeeb Wazed wrote on Tuesday.

“Fearful of Bangabandhu’s tenacity, Pakistan army always kept tabs on his movement. Defying Pakistan Army’s round the clock surveillance, Bangabandhu shored up public support across the country for his six-point demand, considered as our charter of freedom,” he posted on his verified Facebook page.

As the Pakistan army launched the infamous operation searchlight on unarmed civilians on March 25, their prime target was the Dhanmondi residence of Bangabandhu, the post reads.

“As a group of soldiers stormed his house, a defiant Bangabandhu shouted at them ‘stop gun fire,’ a call that clearly testifies his courage,” he wrote.

After Bangladesh earned freedom, Bangabandhu embarked on a mission to rebuild a war-torn country, left devastated by the Pakistan army.

“But the mission was beset with insurmountable challenges. He had to start from scratch-with almost no reserve to every road left in battered condition. But at the call of the charismatic leader, youths and war heroes took part in the pursuit to rebuild their motherland,” Sajeeb Wazed wrote.

On the diplomatic front, he wrote, Bangabandhu’s growing international stature led his country to be welcomed by a number of international bodies including UN, OIC and the Commonwealth.

In a span of three years the growth rate reached 11%, braving all the odds; a quarter that opposed the country’s independence, teamed up to ruin the progress, he added.

“A cabal comprising national and international forces, that attempted to stop the birth of the country, indulged in a conspiracy that resulted in the brutal massacre of Bangabandhu and 19 of his family members on August 15, 1975,” Sajeeb Wazed wrote.

Following that gruesome killing, subsequent rulers embraced fundamentalist forces, putting an end to the pledge of secular Bangladesh, a dream that the founding father promised for his people, he observed.

The assassins gunned down the family members inside the Dhanmondi residence, which stands as a testimony to all the key events in the run up to the 1971 Liberation War.

“The residence turned into a pool of blood,” Sajeeb Wazed wrote, adding that Khondaker Mostaq and General Ziaur Rahman were among those who masterminded the massacre.

Published by HT Digital Content Services with permission from United News of Bangladesh.

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