Daily Dahaka Times : (BSS) Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also said, whatever obstruction comes, the war crimes trial won’t be stopped. “Any achievement is possible if the commitment remains steadfast.In this connection, the premier mentioned Bangabandhu’s remarks in which the great leader said “a great sacrifice is needed for a great achievement”.
Sheikh Hasina yesterday reaffirmed her determination to continue the trial of war criminals and said she is ready to make any sacrifice for the sake of the country and the people.
The premier said her government has been able to hold trial of every injustice one after another as she feels better than anyone else the pain and sorrow of those who lost near and dear ones during the war of liberation.
“We have completed the trial of Bangabandhu killing case and executed the verdict … we are also holding the trial of war criminals which Bangabandhu started and implementing the judgements and we would continue it,” she said.
The prime minister was addressing as the chief guest a discussion at Krishibid Institution, Bangladesh at Farmgate in the city yesterday afternoon.
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) arranged the discussion on the occasion of the 41st martyrdom anniversary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and also the National Mourning Day.
With BCL President Md Saifur Rahman Sohag in the chair, the discussion was also addressed by senior journalist and researcher Syed Badrul Ahsan and BCL General Secretary SM Zakir Hossain.
At the outset of the discussion, a one minute silence was observed as a mark of respect to the memory of Bangabandhu and Bangamata Fazilatun Nesa Mujib as well as other martyrs of the August 15 carnage.
She said, “I have held the trial of the killers of the Father of the Nation and like that, those who lost near and dear ones during the Liberation War have the rights to get justice.
“I’m holding the trial of those culprits who committed crimes against humanity during the liberation war and I would continue it — it’s my pledge,” the prime minister added.
“So, I’m ready to make any sacrifice for the sake of the country and its people … I’m also ready to make sacrifice for establishing rights of the people, for their welfare and give them a beautiful life,” she said.
The premier once again accused military dictator Ziaur Rahman of his involvement in the brutal killing of Bangabandhu on the dreadful night of August 15.
Sheikh Hasina said when she went to London in 1980, she took an initiative for conducting investigation into the killing of Bangabandhu.
“We had formed a probe body comprising British parliament members and Sir Thomas William, MP, was selected to come to Bangladesh for the investigation,” she said.
But, she said, Thomas William could not come to Bangladesh as his visa prayer was denied by the then Bangladesh government led by military dictator Ziaur Rahman. The premier said Ziaur Rahman did not give visa to the British team as he rewarded the Bangabandhu’s killers in different ways. “From this incident it was proved that Ziaur Rahman was involved in the killing,” she said.
The Prime Minister also elaborated long political struggles of Bangabandhu and his life in jail for establishing an independent country as well as massive activities of rebuilding the war-ravaged country and the role of Bangamata Fazilatun Nesa Mujib during all movements.
Calling upon the BCL leaders and workers to learn this history, Sheikh Hasina said they will have to be more attentive in pursuing study as they are the future leaders of the nation.
The AL president termed the history of Chhatra League as the history of Bangladesh and said this traditional student front has historic role in all struggles starting from the language movement to the war of liberation as well as in all democratic movements after the independence of the country.
She advised the leaders and workers of Chhatra League to earn trust and confidence of the people and remain always ready to make any sacrifice for the cause of the countrymen. Source : BSS