„Do you think I wish to hang Taher? Well, I don’t. But the Law of the Land should carry its Course. And he (Colonel Abu Taher) did not send any Mercy Petition and so what is there for me to do?“
— Ziaur Rahman President of Bangladesh 1936 - 1981
During a conversation with Mir Shawkat Ali Khan on the night of Colonel Abu Taher's execution.