Post the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and family on 15 August 1975, Ziaur Rahman would transform from Deputy Chief of Army Staff to Head Chief, then CMLA, and finally became the 7th president of Bangladesh and founder of Bangladesh National Party (BNP).

On 30 May 1981, as president he visited south-eastern port city of Chotrogram (aka Chittagong) where he was assassinated by a faction of officers of Bangladesh Army whilst he was staying in Chittagong Circuit House. General Manzoor was alleged to have led the attack and he was subsequently murdered 3 days later.

Since today, over 30 years after his murder, nobody has been officially held responsible for Ziaur Rahman's murder, even when his wife, Khaleda Zia, came into power.

Timeline of major events during assassination of Ziaur Rahman in 1981

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Assassination of Ziaur Rahman (1981) history

  1. Questionable role in Sheikh Mujib's murder - TO DO
  2. Repeal of 1972 Collaborators Act & execution of Colonel Taher leads to anger
  3. Sheikh Mujib's killers return for another mutiny, government vs leftist groups
  4. Disciplining the army
  5. Repatriates favoured over Muktijuddhas
  6. USA's & UK's growing presence
  7. Plane hijacked by JRA
  8. Sepoy Mutiny in Bogra and Dhaka
  9. Mass execution of officers
  10. Civilianisation of Ziaur Rahman
  11. Ershad preferred over Abul Manzoor, history of attack on Ziaur Rahman
  12. Days leading up to killing (senior officers criticise Zia, party dispute brings Zia to Chittagong)
  13. 30 May 1981, buried twice (first in Chittagong then Dhaka)
  14. Radio declaration just like Zia's 1971 Declaration
  15. General Manzoor dies controversially, 13 'conspirators' hanged
  16. Possible reasons behind the killing
  17. Was Hossain Muhammad Ershad involved?
  18. Aftermath I: Hossain Ershad becomes President, wife Khaleda Zia enters politics, Zia Smriti Jadughar (Zia Memorial Museum)
  19. Aftermath II: 7 November remembered, 30 May remembered
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