BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia with her party colleagues on Sunday paid homage to party founder slain president Ziaur Rahman by placing wreaths at his mazar marking its 35th founding anniversary.
Khaleda, the widow of Zia, flanked by party leaders and activists placed the wreaths at the party founder’s grave about 11:30am and offered fateha there.
The leader of the opposition in parliament also took part in a munajat (special prayer) seeking salvation of the departed soul of Zia.
BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, BNP standing committee members, Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, Moudud Ahmed, ASM Hannan Shah, Mirza Abbas, vice chairmen Sadeque Hossain Khoka, Abdulllah Al Noman, Selima Rahman, Chairperson’s adviser Shahjahan Omar, Osman Farroque, Shamsuzzaman Dudu, joint secretary general Amanullah Aman and opposition chief whip Zainul Abedin Farroque were, among others, present.
Leaders and activists of different associate bodies of the party also placed wreaths at Zia's grave on the occasion.
On this day in 1978, General Zia founded the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) with a 19-point program to build a self-reliant Bangladesh in the process of political transition from military rule following the August 15, 1975 coup.
After the assassination of Zia on May 30, 1981 in Chittagong, his widow Khaleda Zia took over charge of the party and still she is at its helm.
She became the country’s premier in 19 91, 1996 (for a short time) and 2001.
The party and its associate bodies are celebrating the founding anniversary with various programs across the country.
The party and national flags were hoisted atop all the offices of BNP, including Nayapaltan central office, across the country in the early morning.
On Saturday, BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia and the acting secretary general congratulated the countrymen, party leaders, workers and activists and well-wishers on the occasion of the founding anniversary.