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Thursday, December 18, 2014, Poush 4, 1421, Safar 24, 1436 Hijr

Restrain Tarique, or else people will teach him a lesson
Hasina tells Khaleda
Published : Thursday, 18 December, 2014,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 46
Staff Correspondent
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday came down heavily on BNP's Senior Vice Chairman Tarique Rahman for his derogatory remark on the Bangabandhu.
Terming Tarique Rahman a 'deranged' son of Khaleda Zia, she said, "He (Tarique) behaves and talks like a beast. Unless he is controlled, people will teach him a lesson as the countrymen gave a befitting lesson to Pakistani General Yahya Khan in the 1971 War of Independence."
The premier reacted so when was addressing a discussion, organised by the ruling Awami League on the occasion of Victory Day at Krishibid Institute in the capital last afternoon, with party Presidium member and Deputy Leader of the House
Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury in the chair.
The Prime Minister suggested Bangladesh Nationalist Party Chairperson pursue her son to hold his tongue while talking about the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the War of Liberation.
"I would like to advise the BNP chairperson to pursue her 'deranged son' to hold his tongue while delivering speech. Countrymen will never accept derogatory utterances," the Prime Minister said.
Sheikh Hasina lamented that Tarique deliberately distort history to confuse people because Zia started this distortion, Khaleda Zia continued that and their son follow the suit.
"The people worldwide will not believe what Tarique is uttering," she added.
Sheikh Hasina also said the mastermind of the barbaric August 21 grenade attack and other killings during the BNP-Jamaat regime must be held and the criminals would be brought to book like war criminals.
The Prime Minister said all verdicts against the war criminals will be executed one after another. "Nobody would be able to help them escape the judicial process."
Criticizing Begum Zia for dodging appearance in the court in connection with two corruption cases, the Prime Minister said, "If you are so honest why are you afraid of facing the court. The bahaviour of her lawyers in the court of law is also unprecedented in a civilized country, she said.
The premier also recalled misdeeds of Hawa Bhaban and Tarique during the BNP regime during 2001-2006.
Sheikh Hasina, also the AL chief, also said that Zia put anti-liberation forces in power and Shah Aziz, who had vehemently opposed the country's independence, was among them.
"Zia had made Shah Aziz as his cabinet member? he awarded the Bangabandhu's killers. And his wife, Khaleda Zia, followed his footsteps. Had they believed in independence, they would not have done this."
In this context Hasina also mentioned a letter of Pakistani army top officer Aslam Baig to Ziaur Rahman during the Liberation War. In that letter he had told Zia that his wife and children are fine in Dhaka Cantonment and what Zia is doing there is very good, she added.
Violating all the protocol, the PM said, Khaleda Zia while in power (as PM) sent a condolence message after the death of retired army officer Zanzua.
"How deep the relation was ?can you imagine?"
Hasina said her government has started the trial of the war criminals and it is implementing the verdicts one after another, and BNP cannot save them.
Ministers and senior AL leaders also lambasted Tarique Rahman for calling Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman a "Razakar," saying that the delirious son of the former premier would be punished severely for his audacious and derogatory remarks.

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