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May
20

Bhutto Reminds Me of Mujeeb

Sheikh Mujeeb-ul-Rehman, the hero of Bangladesh’s independence movement and the leader of “Awami League”, was assassinated by junior officers of the Bangladeshi army. General Zia-ul-Rehman’s did not let this matter get to the court. However, Sheikh Haseena, the daughter of Sheikh Mujeeb-Ul-Rehman, filed a case in the court against her father’s murderers after she was elected to the office of the Prime Minister in 1996. The case was officially lodged on the 2nd of October 1996 and Dhaka High Court announced death penalties for the 12 assassinators in 1998. However, Sheikh Haseena’s term ended before the sentences could be carried out. It wasn’t until 2007 when Sheikh Haseena was re-elected to the office of the Prime Minister and she searched out the murderers from America and Thailand.

(Clockwise) Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Bazlul Huda, A K M Mohiuddin Ahmed and Mohiuddin Ahmed

Syed Farooq Rahman, Sultan Shahriar Rashid Khan, Bazlul Huda, A K M Mohiuddin Ahmed and Mohiuddin Ahmed were hung on the 28th of January 2010. 6 murderers are still missing. The famous Bangladeshi Newspaper, The Daily Star raised a question in 2010 that although Sheilkh Haseena’s government sentenced the 5 army officers, why did it ignore the American role in the assassination of Sheikh Mujeeb-Ul-Rehman.

 

 

Daily star’s journalist Lawrence Lifeschultz published a research report in which he disclosed that the American CIA was involved in the murder of Sheikh Mujeeb-Ul-Rehman and they had constant contact with the army officers and a leader of the Awami League (Khoondkar Mushtaq Ahmed). After this discovery from daily star, demands were made in Bangladesh to take Dr. Henry Kissinger to the court. The Awami League government seemed pretty pissed off with the Daily  Star.

Bhutto’s case is being reopened for trial. A lot of names will be taken and, many will be taken to gallows. However, the trials of Bhutto and Mujeeb are very different from each other. Bhutto was indirectly murdered by Generals through Judge while Mujeeb was shot and assassinated by officers. Despite the differences in the nature of the trials, American role in the murders of both the leaders cannot be denied.

Bhutto and Mujeeb had reconciled according to records

A Bangladeshi Jounralist (B. Z. Khusro) wrote a book based on the records of the American foreign office. He has revealed in his book that Bhutto and Mujeeb had reconciled. Sheikh Mujeeb was chanting slogans of freedom just to pressurize General Yahya Khan. In reality, he had agreed to share rule with Bhutto. However, Yahya was not a part of this reconciliation and, therefore, he ordered the army to act.  This action resulted in the division of Pakistan. The book further reveals that America did not approve of the growing friendship of Bhutto and Mujeeb with China and maybe this was the reason why America got rid of both.

 

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