Zia killed many freedom fighters to prolong 'illegal rule': Sjaeeb Wazed Joy

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Published on October 4, 2022
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's ICT Advisor Sajeeb Wazed Joy has said Bangladesh's first military ruler Gen Ziaur Rahman had executed thousands of members of Bangladesh's armed forces through so-called "military tribunals".

In a Facebook post shared from his verified account, Joy said Zia had done this in order to prolong his unconstitutional and illegal hold on power.

"It should be noted that a majority of those killed were freedom fighters," Joy said posing a question, "How many members of the armed forces were killed during Zia's illegal rule?

He shared a report run by a private television channel – Somoy TV – and advised people to watch the report.

General Zia, founder of the BNP, became the army chief after the assassination of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on 15 August in 1975, and eventually the first military ruler of Bangladesh.