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PM hails Shahbagh youths; vows to help keep their oath; hopes to see people's expectation met in war crimes verdict

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday thanked the youths for raising voice against the 1971 war criminals, and said her government would translate into action the oath thousands of protesters took at the Shahbagh grand rally on Friday.

Speaking in parliament, Hasina said the tribunals would deliver judgments according to the law, but they should consider the people's expectations while giving verdicts on war crimes cases.

“I am making this call to them [the judges] through parliament,” said Hasina, also the leader of the House.

The prime minister expressed solidarity with the six-point demand that the Shahbagh protesters submitted to the Speaker yesterday afternoon.

Speaker Abdul Hamid said he forwarded the charter of demands to the premier, and the law and home ministers for taking necessary steps.

He said the House expressed solidarity with the demonstrations at Shahbagh and elsewhere demanding capital punishment to war criminals.

Participating in a nearly three-hour discussion, Hasina vowed to make sure that the war criminals are tried.

“I heard them take the oath, and its every word is justified. We will do whatever is necessary to honour their oath. It is our commitment,” she said.

At Friday's grand rally, thousands of people took an oath that they will continue their movement until capital punishment is handed down on the members of Razakar and Al-Badr, who committed crimes against humanity like genocide and rape in 1971.

A group representing the protesters submitted to the Speaker the six-point demand that includes death penalty for Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah and all war criminals, revoking state power to grant general amnesty to the persons convicted by the tribunals, amending the law to provide scope for appeal against inadequate punishment and imposing a ban on Jamaat and religion-based politics.

The prime minister said her government would take steps to close loopholes in the related law if there is any.

“We all should create an atmosphere conducive for holding a fair trial of war criminals and implementation of the verdicts.”

Hasina lauded the youths for staging unprecedented demonstrations in Shahbagh and elsewhere in the country, and said the Shahbagh intersection should be named “swadhinatar torun projonmo square”.

She urged the youths to continue the movement side by side with their studies.

Hasina said the youths have proved that there is no place for war criminals in Bangladesh, and that they will take forward the country in the spirit of the Liberation War.

“I will die in peace knowing that the war criminals will have no place in Bangladesh,” she said.

A total of 33 lawmakers took part in the discussion in parliament.

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Thank you, Prime Minister! Your appeal to judges and moral and administrative support and cooperation are the silver lining in the dark clouds. Please make our nation debt free to our freedom fighters and sufferers.

: Sengupta, Canada

Congratulations Dear PM. Now there is no doubt in my mind that you have truly heard and comprehended the feelings as well as demands of the Shahbag Mass Movement. Unlike the Jamaat-Shibirs or BNP activists, protesters of this historical youth movement are peacefully demanding justice, only justice (their prime demand) -- the capital punishment for the “Mirpur Butcher” Abdul Quader Mollah and other accused war criminals. I wish all the success of this unprecedented Movement, 2013.

: Asad Zaman


  • M A Rouf RAJ
    Monday, February 11, 2013 12:27 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    Thank you tigers, for joining the wave against the war criminals.

  • Prof. Lutfor Rahman
    Monday, February 11, 2013 12:39 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    Sheikh Hasina has done the right job through raising her voice with the new generation. This is the high time for her to show her efficiency of serving the people. She needs to listen to the new generation and give them the top priority in all respects.

  • Senior Citizen
    Monday, February 11, 2013 12:41 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    All crimes must come under the hammer, please. I urge the youths to keep their spirits high and seize the moment for total cleansing of corruption along with the war crimes trial leading to maximum punishment. Let this not be misconstrued as a referendum though.

  • Labu Khan
    Monday, February 11, 2013 01:24 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    My earnest request to the honorable prime minister: Please do not politicise this grand rally and please refrain from making any call to the judges, let justice prevail. I would also request the youths not to get carried away by speeches by political leaders. The PM asked the leaders of AL not to give speeches in the rally but then how come the son of the president Nazmul Hassan Papon an AL MP gave a speech. Lastly I would thank the youths for their support for raising their voice against the 1971 collaborators.

  • nuton
    Monday, February 11, 2013 01:59 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    Honorable PM, religious political parties must be banned; religion shouldn’t play any role in country’s political arena as they’ve extremism in their DNA. Jamaat is the nexus of all traitors. Convicted war criminals like, Jamaat, Razakars and other dogs must face capital punishments, else there will not be any peace in the country.

  • suahmed
    Monday, February 11, 2013 02:08 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    People of Bangladesh along with PM hails the youths for raising voice to ignite the the spirit of liberation war. We hope this is message for those who runs the country to show due honor to the youths' voice. They must implement all the commitments so far they made to the nation. Still corruption and whimsical decision making process prevail in running the administration. We want to see corruption free environment in every sector, and full democratic process and justice are being maintained everywhere. Otherwise youth will again raise their voice against all ills of the society.

  • Asif
    Monday, February 11, 2013 02:24 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    Proud to see the protest gaining pace every moment, however this kind of demonstration should also be for the wrong doings of our government and the oppositions as well. Hope this is just a beginning for a brighter Bangladesh!

  • Nasim Hasan
    Monday, February 11, 2013 02:24 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    We thank PM for her support and solidarity with the Shahbag demonstration. But justice must be ensured for all. All war criminals must be brought into trials. There is an allegation that there are war criminals in your own party as well as among your kinsmen. It is your responsibility to ensure equal justice for all. People of Bangladesh know who war criminals are. So, any attempt to save any of them would completely go against you. On the other hand, you must take active initiatives against corruption, atrocities, hooliganism, bribery, police brutality, non judicial killings, conspiracy theory and many anti-state activities. There are enough evidence that many of your MPs are involved in such activities. As the PM of the nation it is your holy responsibility to address the issues with the highest emphasis and act fast to resolve the matters as election is near.

  • Mizan Rahman
    Monday, February 11, 2013 05:10 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    This is the high time to create a national consensus. The responsibility lies with the present government. We hope government will discuss with all political parties including social and intellectual groups and take a decision that reflects the demand of the whole nation.

  • Truth Teller
    Monday, February 11, 2013 07:06 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    I wonder if there were a call from the protesting people like this for her resignation, would she thank them for that call?

  • Mahbubur Rahman Sharif
    Monday, February 11, 2013 09:41 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    Expressing solidarity is good but our earnest request to the PM not to cash the youth movement from political point of view. This Sshabagh movement is created as a result of the dire failure of our country politics from being dishonored to the politicians. This dishonor has covered all existing politics in Bangladesh. We are tremendously fed up towards the ill motive politics for years. The first and foremost objective of our political leaders is to go to the power at any cost if it goes something against the mass people. Therefore, we would request all party political leaders to be careful for future otherwise youths will see you who are absolutely non-political. So, this is high time to take them into account because now people do not live in the paradise of fool. At any moment they can bring any change that is solely related to country’s interest.

  • Dr. KM Elahi
    Monday, February 11, 2013 09:53 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    Shahbagh movement has made me extremely optimistic about the role of the youths for a better Bangladesh for realising the aims of our War of Liberation. Congratulations to the Natun Prajanma. But do not ignore the issue of preparing the list of Razakars (starting from the upazila level) for which I have been writing for more than 40 years!

  • Fida Likhon
    Monday, February 11, 2013 10:04 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    Death penalty will not solve the core of the problem. You have to ban Jamaat-e-Islami party in Bangladesh. Islamic party creates divisions within the same Muslim community. Divisions create hates and violence, and sometimes bloodshed. Bloodshed in the name of Islam makes other communities to misunderstand Quran and Islam. In order for the safeguard of Islam and Quran, any country which has more than 50% Muslim should not have any Islamic party. No body needs any certificate of Muslim hood from any Islamic politicians.

  • Hafeejul Alam
    Monday, February 11, 2013 11:25 AM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    Prime Minister’s positive response to the six-point demand of the Shahbagh youths is really appreciable. However, everything depends upon the government’s will and sincerity to translate those demands into firm action. There cannot be anything better for this country if the government takes the matter with all seriousness.

  • Shuresh
    Monday, February 11, 2013 12:07 PM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    The youth have proved that there is no place for war criminals in BD. I hope they will also that there is no place in BD for looters of the stock market, promoters of Destiny, Hallmark and thieves of the Padma Bridge scandal.

  • Faruk
    Monday, February 11, 2013 01:16 PM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    Thank you PM for understanding the voice of the people. Please try to keep it in your mind that this voice is in fact a protest against all crimes done since the birth of our beloved country. So, I think it is high time you prepared to rein in all kinds of corruption which have been slowing down the unprecedented growth that Bangladesh has experienced under your leadership.

  • S K
    Monday, February 11, 2013 01:51 PM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    I would like to gratefully thank honorable PM for soothing siding with the mass movement initiated by the youths on a non-political platform. I have heard her emotion-choked voice. I am optimistic that amid this public uproar good sense will prevail in the political parties and leaders so that they act only for the welfare of the people. PM's address voices optimism as to the capital punishment of all the war criminals. It is people's demand and dream that all the war criminals be hanged. So now I feel that the PM will take proper measures to ensure fulfilling people's demand.

  • Cooper
    Monday, February 11, 2013 03:34 PM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    One wonders if the judges of the High Court / Supreme Court will now dare to go against the 'appeal' (read dictate) of the Prime Minister.


  • Fadia
    Monday, February 11, 2013 03:42 PM GMT+06:00 (156 weeks ago)

    As it is clearly evident from the ongoing show at Shahbagh that the entire proceedings are being controlled by AL partymen as well as left leaning fronts for their obvious political gain, doea the Sk.Hasina reaise how this might boomarang right in her face once the truth is out about this Shabagh show?






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