FFs urge govt not to confer Ekushey Padak on ATM Shamsuzzaman

Staff Correspondent

Bangladesh Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Dal, a front organisation of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, on Sunday urged the government not to confer national award Ekushey Padak on actor ATM Shamsuzzaman.
In a press release, Muktijoddha Dal claimed that ATM Shamsuzzaman played a role in favor of Pakistan army during the liberation war in 1971.
Referring to a book, Ekattorer Ghatok O Dalalera Ke Kothay by Muktijoddha Chetona Bikash Kendro and edited by Ahmad Sharif, Kazi Nuruzzaman and Shahriar Kabir, the release claimed that ATM Shamsuzzaman was suspended from the television and radio programmes following a probe report of Nilima Ibrahim Committee, a six-member committee led by prominent educationist Nilima Ibrahim.
Fifteen personalities including ATM Shamsuzzaman have been nominated for Ekushey Padak 2015, one of the highest awards for civilians in Bangladesh, for their outstanding contribution to society.
For the past few years, ATM Shamsuzzaman has been seen attending some political programmes organised by some pro-Awami League organisations.
In the press release, 45 freedom fighters gave their statements against the government move.
The signatories include M Hafizuddin Ahmed, Syed Muhammad Ibrahim, Ishtiaq Aziz Ulfat, Zafrullah Chowdhury, Sadek Ahmed Khan, Ismail Hossain Bangla and Shah Mohammad Abu Jafar.

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