Issuing a strong warning to Tarique Rahman for his disparaging remarks about Bangabandhu, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday advised BNP chief Khaleda Zia to control her son. “I would like to tell the BNP chief, ask your spoiled son to hold his tongue,” the prime minister said while addressing a discussion at Bangladesh Krishibid Institution. Awami League organised the meeting marking the Victory Day with party presidium member and deputy leader of the House Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury in the chair. Hasina, also the president of the ruling Awami League, made the comments in reaction to BNP senior vice president Tarique Rahman’s remarks at a programme in London that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was a “great Razakar”. Without mentioning Tarique’s name, Hasina said people across the world, let alone those of Bangladesh, will not believe what he is uttering. “He’s uttering heinous words. People won’t tolerate this … this can’t be tolerated.” Bemoaning that she feels hatred in talking anything about Tarique, the PM said he is uttering indecent words constantly from London. “He’s deliberately distorting history to confuse people because Zia started this distortion, Khaleda Zia continued that and their son following the same footsteps,” she said. Hasina said Tarique is making a terrible blunder as he is ignorant. “Had he been educated, had he read history, then he could have told the truth,” she said. Saying that Tarique turned beast because of his ignorance, the premier mentioned: “The people of Bangladesh know it very well how to teach a beast a good lesson. The human like animal should get its due lesson and the people of the country will do that.” Terming Yahya Khan another beast of history, Hasina said Tarique in his recent speeches talked like Yahya. “One will find the similarity if he or she goes through Yahya’s speeches of March in 1971.” Pointing at Tarique and BNP’s “involvement” in the August 21 grenade attacks on an AL rally at Bangabandhu Avenue, the prime minister said their hands are stained with Ivy Rahman and many other people’s blood. “Like the trial of war criminals, the trial of this killing will take place on Bangladesh’s soil … the killers will surely be punished,” she asserted. AL senior leaders Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Suranjit Sengupta, Matia Chowdhury, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Mahbubul Alam Hanif, Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, Dr Dipu Moni, Ahmed Hossain, AFM Bahauddin Nasim and advocate Kamrul Islam also spoke at the meeting.