Zia’s 84th birth anniversary today

Staff Correspondent | Published at 11:53pm on January 18, 2020

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Ziaur Rahman

Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party will celebrate the 84th anniversary of the birth of late president Ziaur Rahman, also founder of the party, on Sunday.

BNP and its fronts have taken elaborate programmes to mark the day.

Born on January 19, 1936 at Gabtoli in Bogura, Zia was the country’s 7th president of the country.

During the country’s War of Independence in 1971, Zia was initially a sector commander and later as brigade commander commanded the Z-Force.

Zia was decorated with the second highest gallantry award of Bir Uttam.

His proclamation from Kalurghat radio station in Chattogram on March 27, two days after the Pakistan army’s crackdown on unarmed Bengalis on the night of March 25, 1971, made Zia a household name throughout Bangladesh.

He rose to power on November 7, 1975 following the coup of mid-August and the counter-coup of November 3.

In April 1977, he became president of the country.

He founded BNP in 1978.

Zia was assassinated by a group of army officers at Chattogram Circuit house on May 30, 1981.

To mark the day, senior leaders of the BNP along with other leaders and activists would place wreaths and say prayers at the grave of Zia at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital at 10:00am.

The party would organise a discussion at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh at capital’s Ramna at 2:00pm to mark the day, he said, adding that all the front organisations and units of the party would organise discussions and other programmes to mark the day.

Pro-BNP doctors’ organisation Doctors ‘Association of Bangladesh will organise a free medical camp to mark the day.