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  • President Zia’s address at UN General Assembly

    President Zia’s address at UN General Assembly

    President Ziaur Rahman Bir Uttam delivered a historic address on August 26, 1980, at the General Assembly of the United Nations where he particularly emphasized the adoption of the suggestions by the Brandt Commission during the Second Oil Crisis. The text of the speech is available for the readers here.

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  • Dacca: A Lingering Illness

    Dacca: A Lingering Illness

    Lewis M. Simons, Washington Post (November 19, 1975) `Terminally sick nations, unlike sick people, don’t die,” a Bengali newspaper editor said mournfully one recent evening. “But they linger and linger and linger. That’s what’s happening to our Bangladesh.” Bangladesh most certainly is very sick. Its leaders have been murdered, its political parties ground into extinction, […]

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  • Foreign policy under Ziaur Rahman

    Foreign policy under Ziaur Rahman

    Mohammad Amjad Hossain Yesterday May 30 was President Ziaur Rahman’s 27th anniversary of death. On the occasion, one feels it worth to recall his foreign policy among other achievements. When Ziaur Rahman took over on April 21, 1977, he not only consolidated his power base but also made foreign policy dynamic. Initially, he had made […]

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  • OIC Resolution calls Zia a ‘Martyr’

    OIC Resolution calls Zia a ‘Martyr’

    The Twelfth Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers was held in Baghdad of Iraq from June 1-5, 1981. President Zia’s news of death came right before the inauguration of the conference and within days the foreign ministers of Islamic countries passed a special resolution on the death of Ziaur Rahman to commemorate his achievements and efforts […]

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  • Bangladesh Chiefs Split on Ideology

    Bangladesh Chiefs Split on Ideology

    Lewis M. Simons, Washington Post (May 4, 1976) Senior military commanders in Bangladesh are deeply split over ideology and the threat of renewed violence there is growing rapidly, according to an officer who has -just returned to exile from Dacca. The officer, Lt. Col. Khandakar Abdur Rashid, a leader of the Aug. 15 coup that […]

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  • Bangladesh President Appreciates U.S. Help And Hopes for More

    Bangladesh President Appreciates U.S. Help And Hopes for More

    Lee Lescaze, Washington Post (August 28, 1980) Bangladesh President Ziaur Rahman met with President Carter yesterday to thank the United States for past assistance and explain Bangladesh’s need for even more aid in the future. Zia told a press conference that the White House meeting “was extremely useful to us.” Bangladesh, one of the world’s […]

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  • President Zia Has Reputation as ‘Bangladesh’s No. 1 Motivator’

    President Zia Has Reputation as ‘Bangladesh’s No. 1 Motivator’

    Stuart Auerbach, Washington Post (March 28, 1981) Ten years ago today an obscure Army major named Ziaur Rahman proclaimed to the world over a captured radio station Bangladesh’s independence. Now Zia, a retired general, is Bangladesh’s president. Zia is described by correspondents who cover him regularly as “Bangladesh’s number one motivator.” His agriculture secretary, A. […]

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  • Bangladeshi Villagers Despair at Loss of President

    Bangladeshi Villagers Despair at Loss of President

    William Branigin, Washington Post (June 3, 1981) Iman Ali Sarder paused by the side of the road outside this village northeast of Dacca, holding up an old black umbrella with a carved, wooden handle to shade himself from the blazing sun. The 67-year-old farmer listened stoically to a visitor’s question, but as he answered a […]

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  • Vast Crowds Mourn at Burial of Zia

    Vast Crowds Mourn at Burial of Zia

    William Branigin, Washington Post (June 3, 1981) Hundreds of thousands of Bangladeshis poured through the streets of this crowded, dirt-poor capital today in a funeral procession for slain President Ziaur Rahman and the government announced the deaths of three leaders of the rebellion that took his life. At least one person was reported killed as […]

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  • President Carter’s letter to Zia on his firm diplomacy

    President Carter’s letter to Zia on his firm diplomacy

    Bangladesh was at the forefront of the diplomatic efforts to tackle the hostage crisis in Iran and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Ziaur Rahman personally wrote a letter to President Bani Sadr of Iran after the Islamic Revolution regarding the hostage crisis and Bangladesh decided to boycott the Moscow Olympics to protest Soviet invasion in […]

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