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Protectors won't be spared: PM

The BNP and others, who want to protect war criminals and Jamaat-e-Islami that opposed Bangladesh's birth, would also be brought to book, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said yesterday.

Saying the trial of crimes against humanity committed during the 1971 Liberation War would be done on this soil, she sought cooperation from people of all walks of life in accomplishing the task as pledged by the ruling Awami League before the last parliamentary elections.

Nine people, including six from Jamaat, have so far been brought under trial in connection with war crimes. Of the nine, two have already been convicted by a war crimes tribunal.

"InshAllah, we will get verdicts of the trial [of the remaining war crimes cases] and be able to execute those," she said, addressing a discussion at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital.

The Awami League organised it to mark the International Mother Language Day today with its Presidium Member Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury in the chair.

The young generations woke up to the spirit of the Liberation War, AL President Hasina said, adding now no one would be able to obstruct the trial process through conspiracies.

Youths learnt the true history of the war through the information and communication technology; an outcome of the government's efforts to make a digital Bangladesh, the PM said.

Hasina expressed deep gratitude towards the young people who voted her party to power in 2008 elections, leading to the government amending the constitution and beginning the war crimes trial.

AL Presidium Member Matia Chowdhury said the anti-liberation forces were involved in the recent killing of blogger Ahmed Rajib Haidar. They killed Rajib the way they killed many intellectuals ahead of the country's independence on December 16, 1971.

"They are not human beings. They are beasts. They have hacked Rajib's blog and posted offensive comments to hurt religious sentiment of the people," Matia said, urging people not to be misled by such propaganda.

Agriculture Minister Matia also blasted national and international human rights organsiations for their request to Bangladesh government to ensure human rights of the war criminals.

"Where were these human rights organisations when the anti-liberation forces killed freedom fighters and raped women?"

The war crimes trial is being held, maintaining international standards, Matia said.

Hinting at the Jamaat-e-Islami, the key ally of the BNP in the 18-party opposition alliance, she said those, who do not follow rules and regulation of Bangladesh, would not be allowed to do politics here.

AL leaders Syed Ashraful Islam, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Abdul Latif Siddique, Nooh-ul-Alam Lenin, Shahara Khatun and Mahbubul Alam Hanif also spoke.

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Is our prime minister also thinking about banning BNP from doing politics in our country? This reminds me about BAKSAL which AL tried to introduce but failed very badly.

: Labu Khan

Awami League is the single largest party of Bangla speaking Bangladeshis. But very unfortunately the party that claims to be the savior of Bangalis is named in Urdu. Awami is derived from Awam meaning people in Urdu. Jamaat is derived from Arabic and not Urdu. Its only AL that is still indirectly linked with Pakistan due to its Urdu Identity. If AL had little respect for the martyr of Bangla Language which they pretend to have then they should immediately change their party name from Urdu to Bangla on this 21st February language day. AL spent millions of taka of tax payers in removing Zia name from airport. The same tax payer will be happy to pay the cost of changing Awami to Bangla. Bloggers of Shahbagh should take this issue and prove that they are non-political.

: Barkat


  • Freeman
    Thursday, February 21, 2013 08:18 AM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    Politics in the name of Islam create divisions within the same Muslim community. This is what we saw in the past and also in the present. Jamaat can do politics in the name of Ghulam Azam, but not in the name of Prophet Muhammed.

  • Rashid Ahmed
    Thursday, February 21, 2013 04:16 PM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    Dear PM, you won't be protected too as you also made alliance with Golam Azam of Jamat to win election. Similarly, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is also be to be prosecuted posthumously for sparing the war criminals by declaring General Amnesty. Who gave you the authority to pardon the war criminals and again prosecute the war criminals as and when it suits your political motive?

    Keep your voice down! We all know your evil design. You can not divert peoples attention from the main issue of caretaker government.

  • Truth Teller
    Thursday, February 21, 2013 05:39 PM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    Rashid Ahmed - Thank you for telling the truth.

  • Barkat
    Thursday, February 21, 2013 02:52 AM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    Protector wont be spared, yes indeed. Protectors of corrupt Abul's and killer of Biswajit should never be protect.

  • Mohammed Shah Alam Khan from Ottawa, Canada
    Thursday, February 21, 2013 04:01 AM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    Good, let us see what you do next??? Don’t mislead the movement, or else you will be in problem.

  • Asad Zaman
    Thursday, February 21, 2013 09:34 AM GMT+06:00 (154 weeks ago)

    Ongoing sound and slogans from Shahbagh, straightforward statements and comments from the PM or the government are all perceived to be threats to the anti-liberation force and their allies. They murdered Bengali intellectuals (in 1971), nation’s best and great Founding Politicians (in 1975), 24 AL rally-participants (in 2004 by grenade attack), and brutally stabbed and murdered blogger Rajib Haider, a Shahbagh Youth (in February 2013). Therefore, the pro-liberation as well as the progressive forces such as the youths of Shahabagh, all their supporters and the government should NEVER underestimate these brute forces. Rajib’s brutal murder is a glaring example of warning.





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