Mirza Fakhrul Islam. Star file photo
BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam today said the prime minister is accusing BNP founder Ziaur Rahman of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman murder to divert people's attention.
"Everybody knows Awami League leader Khandaker Mostaque Ahmed was involved in Sheikh Mujibur Rahman killing. But, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is accusing Ziaur Rahman intending to divert people's attention to other direction," he said at a discussion in the capital.
Fakhrul came up with the remarks a day after the premier said "Killer Rashid, in an interview with the BBC, admitted that Zia was behind the killing [of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman]."
Hasina, who heads the ruling AL, was addressing a programme marking National Mourning Day at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital on Saturday.
Rejecting the allegation, the BNP spokesperson said such type of remarks is indecorous in the voice of the prime minister. The nation does not expect such comments from a prime minister, he added.
Association of Engineers, Bangladesh organised the discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh today.
There is no democracy in the country and the government wants to shift the people's attention from the ‘crisis’ by creating an issue holding late president Ziaur Rahman accountable for Sheikh Mujibur Rahman killing, he said.
The government is pushing the country towards a dark tunnel by destroying its all democratic institutions, he blamed.
The AL wants to reestablish its previous one-party BKSAL rule in the country and so people's rights to vote freely have been stanched, he alleged.
The countrymen did not accept such attempt of AL in the past and will never do this in future, he opined.