OIC Summit 1974, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Shah Aziz April 26, 2013Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH.
Tags: OIC Summit 1974, Shah Azizur Rahman, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
A talk show in ETV created a controversy in Bangladesh that has spilled over from electronic media to print media. These all begun when Shakhawat Hussain Bakul, a freedom fighter and an ex MP from opposition BNP claimed that Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was the first man who was responsible for rehabilitation of Shah Azizur Rahman, a prominent anti-liberation political leader who later became the Prime Minister under Ziur Rahman, founder of opposition BNP. Mr. Bakul claimed that Sheikh Mujibur Rahman included Shah Azizur Rahman in his delegation team to OIC summit at Lahore in 1974. Tofayel Ahmed, an stalwart from ruling AL who was in talk show vehemently opposed the assertion and claimed forcefully that he was one of the members in the delegation and Shah Azizur Rahman was not in the team. He challenged that if he is proved wrong, he will quit politics.
Bakul in support of his assertion showed a picture that he claimed of Shah Azizur Rahman standing beside Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and cited reference from Wikipedia.
In a second talk show in ৭১TV Tofayel was rather infuriated and again rejected the claim of Bakul.
Syed Badrul Ahsan in his post editorial column in Daily Star on 24/4/2013 and in Daily Prothom Alo on 25/4/2013 refuted the allegation and said that it is a distortion of history that has no relation with truth. He claimed that the picture that Bakul was showing was of Chowdhury fazle Elahi, the then Pakistan President standing at the side of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Regarding information about Wikipedia he said that one can’t take it as certain as anybody can write and edit the Wikipedia.
The official document on the event “Report on Islamic Summit, 1974 Pakistan, Lahore, February 22–24, 1974″, Islamabad: Department of Films and Publications, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Auqaf and Haj, Government of Pakistan, 1974.” can solve the controversy but it is not available on the net.
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