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bdnews24.com :
Zafrullah Chowdhury, a leader of a professional group supporting the BNP, has apologised over his remarks on the current army chief in a TV programme.
"I made an incorrect statement regarding the current army chief General Aziz Ahmed by mistake," he said at a press conference on Saturday.
"I apologise sincerely for spreading incorrect information and am shocked that I have done so. I had no intention of defaming General Aziz."
"I express my sincere regret for any unintentional offence to General Aziz."
Zafrullah, a trustee board member of Gonoshasthyo Kendra,
signifies international community's trust and confidence in Bangladesh.
called the conference at Gonoshasthyo Nagar Hospital after he had made headlines because of his remarks during a Somoy TV discussion programme.
Zafrullah is also an activist of the Jatiyo Oikya Prokriya led by Kamal Hossain and B Chowdhury.
The present Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed faced a 'court martial' as 'arms and ammunitions' were stolen from the cantonment when he had been assigned as the 'GOC Chattogram', Zafrullah claimed during the day before the verdict on the Aug 21 grenade attack case was announced.
"General Aziz is a skilled military artillery official and was not a GOC of the Chattogram Cantonment, nor a commandant," Zafrullah said at the press conference on Saturday.
"At one point in his career he was assigned as the artillery trainer at the Chattogram army camp. He did not face a court martial. He once faced a court of inquiry."
Gonoshasthaya Kendra Trustee Board member Zafrullah Chowdhury apologises for incorrect remarks he made about the chief of the army, at a press conference in Dhaka on Saturday. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove.
Asked whether he withdrew his remarks, he said: "My choice of words was incorrect. It is that simple. Of course I will apologise for my mistake."
Asked whether he had been 'threatened' in any way, he said: "I am not susceptible to threats. I am not afraid."
"I am proud of our army. I had spent a number of days with army officials during the Liberation War. I was the one who initiated the Cumilla Combined Military Hospital. Later, Dr Azizur Rahman and I established the Dhaka Combined Military Hospital.   
The army headquarters sent a response on the issue, which Somoy TV broadcast along with a statement.

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