No politician came responding to Bangabandhu’s call on August 15: Obaidul Quader

Only Colonel Jamil came that night, he says; He terms Awami League leaders as coward.

Questioning the silence of Awami League leaders during the assassination of Father of Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader said that no politician came forward responding to Bangabandhu’s call on August 15, 1975 to save him.

Quader said: “Many of us are guilty of conscience. For Bangabandhu, we are in a powerful positions, we have become great leaders. The courage, loyalty, patriotism that was shown by Colonel Jamil that day. Any politicians, who were made leaders by Bangabandhu, were able to show that courage?

The road and transport minister mentioned, “This is the truth. So I would say the hero of August 15, 75 is Colonel Jamil and we are all cowards.”

Obaidul Quader was speaking at a discussion meeting organized by Awami League on the occasion of National Mourning Day at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital on Wednesday, Auguist 16 afternoon.

Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina along with senior Awami League leaders were present on the stage. He added that no politician responded to Bangabandhu’s call, Quader said, on August 15, 1975, Bangabandhu called a few people. Among them there were leaders and army chiefs. On the call of Bangabandhu,  Jamil rushed to Dhanmondi 32 that day.

Quader further said, “Bangabandhu called Colonel Jamil while the gunfire was going on around the assassin. He was obstructed several times on his way and did not accept any obstacle. He ran towards Bangabandhu’s house. And he was brutally killed on the way. Those of us who were called by Bangabandhu did not respond in fear. Can we be called heroes? We are cowards..There is no denying this fact of history.”

He pointed out that we don’t know all the truth yet. Not all the truth has come out. Many facts remain unknown. The truth will be revealed. Sheikh Hasina, daughter of Bangabandhu conducted the murder trial. Many truths came out there. But how many of us admit this fact.

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