She said Ziaur Rahman had made collaborators like Abdul Alim, Maulana Mannan and Shah Aziz ministers, prime minister and advisers.

Following Zia’s footstep, Hasina said, Khaleda Zia also made ministers (Matiur Rahman) Nizami and (Ali Ahsan) Mujaheed and culprits involved in the intellectuals’ killings.

Sheikh Hasina said by selecting Ziaur Rahman as the army chief Khandaker Mustaque had proved that they were together in this conspiracy

The prime minister mentioned that Khaleda Zia made killers Rashid and Huda members of parliament.

"If there was no link with them, why did Khaleda Zia pave the way for them to sit in parliament snatching the voting rights of people in the farcical election on 15 February? They (Ziaur Rahman and Khaleda Zia) always patronised those who were involved in terrorism and killing," she said.

Talking about the 15 August massacre, the prime minister said the main aim of the conspirators was to destroy the ideal of the Independence as they could not tolerate the victory of Bangalees.

"Those who were with Pakistan during the Liberation War also could not accept our victory. There were conspiracies (against the country), from the day we attained our victory … there were a deep-rooted conspiracy against our victory," she said.

About the 21 August grenade attack, she said Khaleda Zia and her government were involved in that attack. That is why after the attack, police and law enforcement personnel had charged baton on those who tried to rescue the injured and take them to hospitals for treatment

Regarding the involvement of Ziaur Rahman in the Bangabandhu killing, she said that killers Faruq and Rashid in their statement had told that Ziaur Rahman was with them always. Being empowered by these killers Ziaur Rahman later proclaimed himself as the president of the country.

Sheikh Hasina said by selecting Ziaur Rahman as the army chief Khandaker Mustaque had proved that they were together in this conspiracy.

About the 21 August grenade attack, she said Khaleda Zia and her government were involved in that attack. That is why after the attack, police and law enforcement personnel had charged baton on those who tried to rescue the injured and take them to hospitals for treatment.

"They drove away the party leaders and activists from the spot to clear the path for the culprits to flee the scene," she said.

The prime minister said the advancement of the country has been halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the government is trying hard to put the country back on its previous track for economic progress.

"We’ve one aim and that is to materialise the ideals of the Father of the Nation for which he liberated the country. We’ll try our best to materialise the dreams of the Father of the Nation for Bangladesh to change the fate of people," she said.

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Birth Centenary Celebration National Implementation Committee president professor Rafiqul Islam gave the vote of thanks while chief coordinator Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury delivered the welcome speech.

The prime minister also inaugurated an exhibition of paintings and pictures titled 'Muktir Mohanayak' digitally, which is taking place at the International Mother Language Institute.

A documentary on Bangabandhu was also showed in the programme. Eminent cultural personality Asaduzzaman Noor, MP recited a poem written by Mohadeb Saha.

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