Monday, September 14, 2009

Shiekh Mujib feared military would kill him, says Zulfikar Ali Bhutto

FORMER PUNJAB Governor Mustafa Khar has revealed that former Bangladesh President Sheikh Mujibur Rahman feared being killed by the Army.

In an interview with a private television channel, Khar said Mujibur Rahman was apprehensive of being eliminated by the military, and he had once asked him to convey his fears to the former Pakistan President Zulfikar Ali Bhutto.

"Sheikh Mujibur Rahman once asked me to tell Zulfikar Ali Bhutto that the army will kill him first and then murder Bhutto," Khar said.

Khar said Rahman was not in favour of country's bifurcation, but his party, the Awami League, had several `commitments' with India due to which it was forced to support Pakistan's division.

"It was not possible for Mujib alone to backtrack. He only wanted `true autonomy' for East Pakistan, but he was mistreated, especially during Field Marshal Ayub Khan's regime," The Daily Times quoted Khar, as saying.

He said the former Bangladesh President wanted negotiations on his `six-point' agenda, but party hardliners did not allow him to do so.

Mujibur Rahman, who is considered the father of the nation in Bangladesh, was killed on August 15, 1975 along with his family members and personal staff by a group of junior army officers who invaded the presidential residence with tanks.

Rahman's daughters Sheikh Hasina Wajed and Sheikh Rehana, who were on a visit to West Germany at that time, were left alive. Wajed is the present leader of the Awami League and the current Prime Minister of Bangladesh. #

First syndicated by ANI, September 5, 2009