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Zia was involved in Bangabandhu killing: Hasina
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has once again accused the late President Ziaur Rahman of conniving in the 1975 killing of her father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Addreessing a party programme on Wednesday marking the National Mourning Day Sheikha Hasina recalled the background and incidents stating that Zia had blocked a British investigation into the assassination of Bangabandhu. 
British jurists, who set up the first enquiry into the murder of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and four national leaders, were barred from entering Bangladesh in January of 1981.
General Zia who went to found the BNP was then the president of Bangladesh.
“My question is - if Ziaur Rahman was innocent, if he was not involved with the killers, he would have let the investigation continue. But he did not even let the British MPs enter Bangladesh or investigate,” Hasina said.
Bangladesh’s founder and first President Bangabandhu was killed along with most of his family members on Aug 15, 1975.
Among his children, Hasina and Sheikh Rehana survived the carnage as they were in Europe at that time.
Four national leaders — Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmad, M Mansur Ali, and AHM Qamaruzzaman – were shot dead during detention inside Dhaka Central Jail on Nov 3, 1975.
Britain formed a Commission of Jurists aimed to investigate the circumstances that had “impeded the normal processes of law and justice from having taken their course in these cases”.
Their preliminary report was published on Mar 20, 1982. The report concludes that the processes of law and justice have not been permitted to take their course following the murders.
After the Aug 15 tragedy, Khandaker Mushtaque Ahmed took over power first and made Zia army chief. General Zia later replaced Mushtaque and became the centre of power in Bangladesh.
The Awami League blames Zia for the assassination of Bangabandhu, alleging that he had links with the killers. But the BNP says Zia was only an army officer and it was Hasina said, “The killers carried out the assassinations in a planned way. It was a huge conspiracy. It’s unfortunate that killer Mushtaque was involved with the conspiracy and Ziaur Rahman was the accomplice of the killer, Mushtaque.”
She also blamed Zia for harbouring the anti-Bangladesh elements along with the killers of Bangabandhu.
“Ziaur Rahman awarded them jobs in several embassies. He stopped war crimes trial, freed the convicts, and put them in power after grabbing it illegally,” she said. 
“Mainul Hosein, sitting at the Ittefaq, had these killers form a political party. Ziaur Rahman awarded them the posts of prime minister, ministers and advisers,” she said. 
Hasina also criticised former military dictator HM Ershad, who is now the prime minister’s special envoy, for harbouring the killers of Bangabandhu.
“General Ershad allowed killers Rashid, Faruque (Abdur Rashid, Syed Faruque Rahman) to form the Freedom Party and made a candidate for president’s post. Khaleda Zia held the Feb 15 (1996) election without any voter and made killers Rashid, Major Huda members of the opposition in parliament,” she said. 

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Special Correspondent
 
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has once again accused the late President Ziaur Rahman of conniving in the 1975 killing of her father Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Addreessing a party programme on Wednesday marking the National Mourning Day Sheikha Hasina recalled the background and incidents stating that Zia had blocked a British investigation into the assassination of Bangabandhu. 
British jurists, who set up the first enquiry into the murder of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and four national leaders, were barred from entering Bangladesh in January of 1981.
General Zia who went to found the BNP was then the president of Bangladesh.
“My question is - if Ziaur Rahman was innocent, if he was not involved with the killers, he would have let the investigation continue. But he did not even let the British MPs enter Bangladesh or investigate,” Hasina said.
Bangladesh’s founder and first President Bangabandhu was killed along with most of his family members on Aug 15, 1975.
Among his children, Hasina and Sheikh Rehana survived the carnage as they were in Europe at that time.
Four national leaders — Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmad, M Mansur Ali, and AHM Qamaruzzaman – were shot dead during detention inside Dhaka Central Jail on Nov 3, 1975.
Britain formed a Commission of Jurists aimed to investigate the circumstances that had “impeded the normal processes of law and justice from having taken their course in these cases”.
Their preliminary report was published on Mar 20, 1982. The report concludes that the processes of law and justice have not been permitted to take their course following the murders.
After the Aug 15 tragedy, Khandaker Mushtaque Ahmed took over power first and made Zia army chief. General Zia later replaced Mushtaque and became the centre of power in Bangladesh.
The Awami League blames Zia for the assassination of Bangabandhu, alleging that he had links with the killers. But the BNP says Zia was only an army officer and it was Hasina said, “The killers carried out the assassinations in a planned way. It was a huge conspiracy. It’s unfortunate that killer Mushtaque was involved with the conspiracy and Ziaur Rahman was the accomplice of the killer, Mushtaque.”
She also blamed Zia for harbouring the anti-Bangladesh elements along with the killers of Bangabandhu.
“Ziaur Rahman awarded them jobs in several embassies. He stopped war crimes trial, freed the convicts, and put them in power after grabbing it illegally,” she said. 
“Mainul Hosein, sitting at the Ittefaq, had these killers form a political party. Ziaur Rahman awarded them the posts of prime minister, ministers and advisers,” she said. 
Hasina also criticised former military dictator HM Ershad, who is now the prime minister’s special envoy, for harbouring the killers of Bangabandhu.
“General Ershad allowed killers Rashid, Faruque (Abdur Rashid, Syed Faruque Rahman) to form the Freedom Party and made a candidate for president’s post. Khaleda Zia held the Feb 15 (1996) election without any voter and made killers Rashid, Major Huda members of the opposition in parliament,” she said. 

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Pakistan lost her Mother Teresa

M. Serajudin in Karachi
 
Dr. Ruth Pfau, a German-born medical missionary who was hailed as the “Mother Teresa of Pakistan” for her pivotal role in containing leprosy there, died on August 10 in a hospital in Karachi. She was 87.
Her death was announced by Prime Minister Shahid Abbasi, who said she would receive a state funeral. She had kidney and heart disease.
Less than four decades after Dr. Pfau (pronounced fow) began her campaign to contain leprosy, a mildly contagious bacterial infection, the World Health Organization declared it under control in Pakistan in 1996, ahead of most other Asian countries (although several hundred new cases are still reported there annually).
Dr. Ruth Pfau always struggle for poor people who deserved help and peaceful, better atmosphere towards better future . She sacrificed hr life for others creating an example of care for all.
“We lost another mother Teresa, a great social worker. Her services are unbelievable and unforgettable” says her colleagues . 
Dr. Pfau joined the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Center, opened in 1956 in the Karachi slums and named for a founder of the order of nuns that ran it. She soon transformed it into the hub of a network of 157 medical centers that treated tens of thousands of Pakistanis infected with leprosy.
DR Ruth had begin her studies from East Germany and wants to continue, but did not get admission because she belongs to rich family, then she migrated to West Germany and completed her medical studies in the field of leprosy. 
At that time Germany was leprosy free country, but she adopted the same field to serve the poor and needy people. She belongs to rich family and had been free from all worries and anxiety but one thing is to help the needy people, she was a social mended. She returned back in 1960 and established clinics for free treatment for entire sufficient and maximum relief of poor and deserving people. 
She wanted to perform her duties in India but when she reached Karachi and saw the conditions of people. She ultimately changed her mind and decided to perform her duties in Karachi, Pakistan for the sake of poor and needy people who were passing their days in starvation and needed help for whole family to fight against leprosy. 
Due to her long struggle and efforts she succeeded to see Pakistan free from leprosy. She received so many awards from Pakistan and abroad.
 Her funeral services will take place on august 19th at Saint Patrick and she will be laid to rest at Christian cemetery, Karachi.

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M. Serajudin in Karachi
 
Dr. Ruth Pfau, a German-born medical missionary who was hailed as the “Mother Teresa of Pakistan” for her pivotal role in containing leprosy there, died on August 10 in a hospital in Karachi. She was 87.
Her death was announced by Prime Minister Shahid Abbasi, who said she would receive a state funeral. She had kidney and heart disease.
Less than four decades after Dr. Pfau (pronounced fow) began her campaign to contain leprosy, a mildly contagious bacterial infection, the World Health Organization declared it under control in Pakistan in 1996, ahead of most other Asian countries (although several hundred new cases are still reported there annually).
Dr. Ruth Pfau always struggle for poor people who deserved help and peaceful, better atmosphere towards better future . She sacrificed hr life for others creating an example of care for all.
“We lost another mother Teresa, a great social worker. Her services are unbelievable and unforgettable” says her colleagues . 
Dr. Pfau joined the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Center, opened in 1956 in the Karachi slums and named for a founder of the order of nuns that ran it. She soon transformed it into the hub of a network of 157 medical centers that treated tens of thousands of Pakistanis infected with leprosy.
DR Ruth had begin her studies from East Germany and wants to continue, but did not get admission because she belongs to rich family, then she migrated to West Germany and completed her medical studies in the field of leprosy. 
At that time Germany was leprosy free country, but she adopted the same field to serve the poor and needy people. She belongs to rich family and had been free from all worries and anxiety but one thing is to help the needy people, she was a social mended. She returned back in 1960 and established clinics for free treatment for entire sufficient and maximum relief of poor and deserving people. 
She wanted to perform her duties in India but when she reached Karachi and saw the conditions of people. She ultimately changed her mind and decided to perform her duties in Karachi, Pakistan for the sake of poor and needy people who were passing their days in starvation and needed help for whole family to fight against leprosy. 
Due to her long struggle and efforts she succeeded to see Pakistan free from leprosy. She received so many awards from Pakistan and abroad.
 Her funeral services will take place on august 19th at Saint Patrick and she will be laid to rest at Christian cemetery, Karachi.

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