Zia’s 34th anniversary of death observed with self-criticism

Zia’s 34th anniversary of death observed with self-criticism

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The 34th death anniversary of late President Ziaur Rahman, who announced the war of liberation of Bangladesh and is, the founder of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was observed on Saturday with due solemnity.
BNP, its associate bodies and different socio-cultural organisations observed the day through various programmes. Newspapers brought out special supplements or published special features to mark the day. On this day in 1981 then President Ziaur Rahman was assassinated by a group of misguided army officers at the Chittagong Circuit House.
His death has came as such a huge shock that the according to foreign media estimates about two million people took part in his Namaz -e-Janaza at the Manik Mian Avenue,BNP and its front organisations have chalked out a 14-day programme to observe the death anniversary.
The observance of the death anniversary began through a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh on May 28.
The programme that will end on June 10 includes holding discussions, wearing black badges, publishing posters and supplements in newspapers and distributing food among the destitute.
Born on January 19, 1936 at Bagbari in Bogra, Zia was a sector commander during the Liberation War and awarded Bir Uttam, the highest gallantry award for a living officer for his wartime services.
A BNP press release on Friday said the death anniversary will be observed through various programmes, including hoisting party and black flags, wearing black badges, placing wreaths and offering fateha at Zia’s mazar, distribution of cooked food among the destitute and voluntary blood donation.
Jatiyatabadi Ulema Dal will organise a doa mahfil on the premises of Zia’s grave while Doctors’ Association of Bangladesh (DAB) will provide free medical treatment and medicine in front of the party’s central office.
BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia placed floral wreath at the grave of Ziaur Rahman at 11am and also inaugurated a voluntary blood donation programme to be arranged by the DAB there.
Khaleda Zial distributed food among the destitute and poor in the capital at 11:30am on the day.
General Ziaur Rahman rose to power on November 7, 1975 following the coup of mid-August and the counter-coup of November 3. Zia founded the Bangladesh Nationalist Party in 1978.
Khaleda Zia, widow of slain Ziaur Rahman, took over the helm of BNP two years after her husband’s tragic assassination. Led by Khaleda Zia, the BNP governed the country for three terms and remained as the main opposition in parliament in two others. – News Desk

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