Direct link to scholarships offered by  Govt. of India

List of Private NGOs offering scholarships

Abu Marwan Abdal Malik Ibn Zuhr: ‘Avenzoar’

Abu Marwan Abdal Malik Ibn Zuhr, known in the west as Avenzoar, was

Ummid Assistant

AMU declares entrance test dates for its UPSC coaching centre

Welcome Guest! You are here: Home » International

Ziaur Rahman 'passively involved' in Mujib murder: US scribe

Tuesday March 15, 2011 02:41:45 PM, IANS

Related Articles

US scribe to depose on Dhaka trial he covered 35 years ago

Veteran American journalist and writer Lawrence Lifschultz will depose before Dhaka High Court about a military court trial that he reported in 1976 before being expelled from the country by the then military   »

Dhaka: US journalist and writer Lawrence Lifschultz has alleged that Bangladesh's founding leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was killed in "a plot" in August 1975 in which Ziaur Rahman was "passively involved".

Returning to Bangladesh after 35 years, Lifschultz told a court Monday that Ziaur Rahman, the military strongman who went on to become the president and was slain in 1981, was "in the shadow of the whole episode of August 15, 1975 because he was very much one of the main players of the game".

In reply to a question from the high court, Lifschultz said Ziaur Rahman "could have stopped the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman because he (Zia) knew of the plot", The Daily Star reported.

Revered as father of the nation, Mujib was killed along with most of his family members in a military-led coup Aug 15, 1975.

While Mujib's elder daughter Sheikh Hasina is the prime minister, Ziaur Rahman's widow Khaleda Zia is the opposition leader. Khaleda has served as the prime minister for two terms.

Zia was "a complicated man. He was brutal and was the main beneficiary of (Mujib's) assassination", Lifschultz said. He added that Zia, himself a freedom fighter, was responsible for killing many freedom fighters among his fellow army officers.

Lifschultz said Zia's role in Mujib's killing had become clear from the conversations with Col Farooq Rahman and Col Abdur Rashid, convicted killers of Mujib, and from the book "Bangladesh: A Legacy of Blood" written by Anthony Mascarenhas, a Pakistani journalist who was among the first to support Bangladesh's freedom movement in 1971.

The American journalist is here to depose before the court that is hearing a case pertaining to the trial and execution of Col. Abu Taher. Lifschultz, who partly covered Taher's trial by a military court in 1976, was expelled.

"One man, Ziaur Rahman, decided, on his own, to take another's life. He then asked a group of about 50 officers to endorse his decision," Lifschultz, a Pulitzer Prize winner, told the court.

The US journalist said he had tried to go inside the so-called court but was not allowed.

"I had tried to meet Ziaur Rahman many times for taking an interview from him, but he did not allow me to do so," he said.








  Bookmark and Share                                          Home | Top of the Page


Note: By posting your comments here you agree to the terms and conditions of

Comments powered by DISQUS




Top Stories

Fourth n-reactor on fire in Japan, PM tells people to leave area

A fire broke out at a fourth reactor in Japan's Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant Tuesday, hours after a blast ripped its third reactor. As the  »

Japan toll may cross tens of thousands, fears of nuclear disaster remain

Fresh blast in Japan n-plant; 2,000 more bodies found


  Most Read

MCOCA court rejects bail plea of Malegaon blast accused

The Special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court in Mumbai March 15 rejected the bail application of the Muslim accused arrested in the 2006 Malegaon blast case.   »

Relatives, activists shaken by rejection of bail plea; to move for an appeal

India orders safety review of nuclear reactors: PM

India Monday said its nuclear reactors can withstand "large natural disasters" but has ordered a safety review at nuclear plants following a nuclear fallout in disaster-hit Japan. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told the Lok Sabha that the government wanted safety systems at all its   »


  News Pick

Yemeni governor stabbed during protest riot

The governor of Yemen's northeast Marib province was stabbed in the chest Monday while trying to break up an anti-government riot Monday, Xinhua quoted a local security official as saying. The official, requesting   »

Clinical Pakistan beat Zimbabwe to make World Cup quarters

Debutant Asad Shafiq's unbeaten 78 guided Pakistan into the quarterfinals of the World Cup with a seven-wicket win over Zimbabwe in a rain-marred Pool    »

Bangladesh beat Netherlands, stay on course for quarterfinal

GCC troops arrive in Bahrain to maintain order

Forces from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) arrived in Bahrain Monday to help authorities restore order after violent clashes erupted between protesters and security forces over the weekend. The GCC forces are expected  »

NGOs to keep tab on politicians' tall promises

Watch before you promise is the message for politicians. A group of NGOs in West Bengal is going to scan manifestos of all parties, sensitise people about their feasibility and keep a check on how well they are implemented  »

Aurangzeb's sword, pen stand gifted by Afghan King re-discovered at AMU

The ongoing process of reorganization of manuscripts at Maulana Azad Library, Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has revealed some hidden treasure in the form of   »


Picture of the Day

Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid inaugurating the Moot Court Building at Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) March 12. Salman Khurshid visited the university to deliver Dr. Ambedkar Memorial Lecture 2010-2011. During his lecture, Khurshid pitched for AMU's minority character.



RSS  |  Contact us

| Quick links



Subscribe to

Ummid Assistant






About us




Government Schemes











Contact us





      Disclaimer | Terms of Use | Advertise with us | Link Exchange is part of the Awaz Multimedia & Publications providing World News, News Analysis and Feature Articles on Education, Health. Politics, Technology, Sports, Entertainment, Industry etc. The articles or the views displayed on this website are for public information and in no way describe the editorial views. The users are entitled to use this site subject to the terms and conditions mentioned.

© 2010 Awaz Multimedia & Publications. All rights reserved.