Awami League general secretary and public administration minister Syed Ashraful Islam on Tuesday said that the defeated force of 1971 divided the nation through killing Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
"Military rulers Ziaur Rahman and Hussain Mohammad Ershad accelerated the process of dividing the nation by establishing anti-liberation elements and killers of Bangabandhu, the country's founding father," he told a Freedom Fighters' Rally in city's Shahbag square as chief guest.
Bangladesh Muktijoddha Central Command Council organized the rally against 'Militancy and Terrorism' marking December 1 as Muktijoddha Dibosh-2015.
Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haq, Shipping minister Shahjahan Khan and State Minister for Water Resources Lt. Colonel (retd) Nazrul Islam addressed the rally as special guests with command council chairman Major General (retd) Helal Morshed Khan in the chair.
Among others, vice-chairmen of command council Ismat Kader Gama and M Salahauddin, leaders of the council Emdad Hossan Motin, Sultan Ahmed and M Abu Sayed also spoke on the occasion.
Referring to the war crimes trial, Ashraf said, trial of those who committed crime against humanity during the War of Liberation is going on following the pledge made by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina before the nation.
"We are taking the country ahead under the dynamic leadership of Bangabandhu's daughter," said the minister. AKM Mozammel Haq said Pakistan is making misinterpretation about our great liberation war at a time when the present government is holding the trial of war criminals who committed crime against humanity during 1971.
Shahjahan Khan said Begum Khaleda Zia is now involved with conspiracy to make a confederation with Pakistan, saying all ill efforts of her (Khaleda Zia) would go in vain.