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Zia’s 43rd death anniversary Thursday

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Published: 18:09, 29 May 2024

Zia’s 43rd death anniversary Thursday

Former president Ziaur Rahman. File Photo

BNP will observe the 43rd death anniversary of its founder and former president Ziaur Rahman on Thursday (30 May).

The party and its different associate bodies have chalked out a 15-day programme to observe the death anniversary nationwide with due respect.

The programmes include arranging discussion meetings, seminars, photo exhibitions, wearing black badges, publishing supplements in newspapers and distributing food and relief materials among the destitute.

The observance of Zia's death anniversary programmes began on Tuesday through a discussion programme arranged by Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Dal, freedom fighters' wing of the party, at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU).

The party organised a discussion meeting today (Wednesday) at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, in memory of Zia on the occasion.

Ziaur Rahman who founded the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in 1978 was assassinated by a group of disgruntled army officers at Chittagong Circuit House on 30 May ,1981.

In observance of the day, black flags will be hoisted and party flags kept at half-mast atop the offices of the party and its associate bodies, including Nayapaltan headquarters at 6 am on Thursday.

Besides, party leaders and workers will place wreaths at Zia's grave at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar at 10 am the same day.

They will also offer fateha at Zia’s grave and join a doa and milad mahfil there, praying for the salvation of the departed soul of the BNP founder.

Besides, a mass prayer programme will be organised in front of BNP’s Nayapaltan central office on May 31 seeking eternal peace for Zia’s departed soul.

BNP and its associate bodies will arrange different programmes on Zia's activities, including seminars and discussions.

The party’s city, district, upazila, and municipality units will also observe the day with due reverence by arranging different programmes.

The leaders of the party’s Dhaka North and South city units will distribute food items and clothes among the destitute in different parts of the city on Thursday.

Meanwhile, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir issued a message on the occasion paying deep tributes to Zia.

He recalled the BNP founder’s huge contributions to the Liberation War and the nation.

“The popularity of this great liberal democratic leader, Ziaur Rahman, could never be accepted by domestic and foreign conspirators. These conspirators assassinated President Ziaur Rahman on 30 May 1981. The nation lost a great patriotic nationalist leader through this tragic incident,” Fakhrul said.