Protesting the decision to remove their party (BNP) founder late president Ziaur Rahman’s Bir Uttam gallantry title, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir described the move as a “stigma” to the liberation war on Wednesday, reports UNB.
Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said that I think the decision of the Jatiya Muktijoddha Council to repeal the gallantry title [conferred on late president Ziaur Rahman] has been taken out of political vengeance.
Fakhrul said those who took this decision 'don’t have respect' for the liberation war. They are against independence, the liberation war, and are completely against freedom fighters.
The war of independence has been stigmatized with this decision. I strongly condemn and protest such a move, he added.
Fakhrul Islam went to Singapore for treatment at Farrer Park Hospital on January 30.
Jatiya Muktijoddha Council (JAMUK) at a meeting on Tuesday decided to scrap president Ziaur Rahman’s gallantry award for violating the constitution. The meeting also decided to repeal the state-given awards to Bangabandhu’s convicted killers- Noor Chowdhury, Shariful Haque Dalim, Mosleh Uddin, and Rashed Chowdhury.
Fakhrul said the Jatiya Muktijoddha Council has taken this move to divert attention to a different direction from the government’s alleged misdeeds and corruption that are surfacing in various ways.
On the other hand, he said that president Ziaur Rahman not only proclaimed the country’s independence, but also fought inside the country against the Pakistani occupation forces for nine months as a sector commander.
Fakhrul also said it was the government of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman that conferred the Bir Uttam title on Ziaur Rahman after the country’s independence.