In a fresh attempt to belittle Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's contribution for the independence of Bangladesh, BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman has said Bangabandhu willingly surrendered to the Pakistan forces while Ziaur Rahman took over arms after the March 25 crackdown.
Glorifying the role of his father, Ziaur Rahman, during the 1971 Liberation War and the post-1975 Bangladesh, Tarique, who has been living in the UK since September 2008, claimed again that Zia was the proclaimer of independence and first president of the country.
"The people who were directly or indirectly involved in the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman or failed to protect him have made Ziaur Rahman target of propaganda and are distorting history due to his huge acceptability and popularity ," he claimed.
Tarique, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia's eldest son, made the comments while addressing a discussion marking the party's 36th founding anniversary at Atrium Banqueting Hall in London yesterday. UK unit of the BNP organised the programme.