Zia’s award removal decision ‘worst’ in BD history: BNP

Zia’s award removal decision ‘worst’ in BD history: BNP

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Dhaka : Terming ‘worst’ and ‘naked political vengeance’ the decision of the government to remove its founder Ziaur Rahman’s Swadhinata Padak from the National Museum, BNP on Thursday announced a countrywide demonstration programme for Saturday to protest it.
BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir declared the programme at a press briefing at BNP’s Nayapaltan central office. UNB News Agency Reported.
He said the programme will be observed at all district towns and divisional cities of the country.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Swadhinata Padak conferred on Ziaur Rahman was removed from the National Museum apparently following a decision of the government to revoke it.
Dr Swapan Kumar Biswas, keeper of History and Classical Art department of the National Museum, said they removed Zia’s medal and citation of the Swadhinata Padak from the Museum following a directive of the Liberation War Affairs Ministry.
The BNP-led government conferred the Swadhinata Padak on both Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Ziaur Rahman (posthumously) in 2003. A cabinet committee on national award recently recommended revoking Zia’s Swadhinata Padak.
“Those who’ve taken away Ziaur Rahman’s award, they in fact denied the Liberation War by their action. There‘s no scope to ignore his contributions to the war. This decision was made out of serious political vengeance,” Fakhrul said.
The BNP leader said the government’s decision is not only insulting for Zia, but also for those who contributed to the Liberation War. “The government’s decision has proved the ruling party had no involvement in the real Liberation War.”
He warned that the award removal decision will only divide the nation further and deepen the country’s political crisis.
Claiming that Zia and Bangladesh are inseparable, the BNP leader said the government will not be able to erase Zia’s name from people’s hearts.
Fakhrul alleged that the government is trying to refuse Zia’s contributions to the Liberation War only by distorting an apex court judgment. “It’s not possible to determine the history by the court judgment as history is written based on fact. We strongly denounce and protest the government’s heinous decision.”
Mentioning that people will never accept any politically-motivated decision, he demanded the government restore Zia’s award to the National Museum immediately.

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