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Bangladesh getting rid of stigma executing war crimes verdicts: Hasina

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Dhaka -Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina said Monday Bangladesh is gradually getting rid of a long time stigma and advancing economically with execution of the verdicts against war criminals.
“I think execution of the verdicts of the war criminals has brought a great solace for those who have long been living with biting pains after losing their near and dear ones during the War of Liberation,” she said in her concluding speech of the 8th session of Parliament.
Hasina said the country would not be freed from the decades-old curse if the trial of the 1971 culprits, who committed crimes against the humanity during the War of Liberation, are not finished.The Prime Minister said her government has completed the trial of the killing of Bangbanadhu and the four national leaders. “In the same way, we have launched the trial of the war criminals, which military dictator Ziaur Rahman halted after the assassination of Bangabandhu, and execution of the verdicts,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman initiated the trial of the war criminals and in this connection he promulgated an ordinance and constituted tribunals.
“But it was Ziaur Rahman, who became the army chief and the president simultaneously after capturing power unconstitutionally, released the war criminals from jail and put them in the state power,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said Ziaur Rahman made Shah Azizur Rahman the prime minister of independent Bangladesh, who addressed in the United Nations as a special representative of Yahya Khan, and Abdul Alim a minister, who killed hundreds of freedom fighters. “Ziaur Rahman put such war criminals in the state power and handed over our blood-stained national flag to them,” she said.
Thanking Begum Raushan Ershad for saying that Bangladesh is one of the safest countries in the world, she said, “We have heard enough words whether Bangladesh is a safe or unsafe country.”
In an oblique reference, the Prime Minister said efforts are being made to declare the presence of (militants) the Islamic State in Bangladesh. “But we have time and again said there will be no place for the militants in our country,” she said, adding that her government has been able to ensure a peaceful atmosphere for 16 crore people in a small territory of 54,000 square miles area.
“Ill efforts are underway to create an unstable situation in the Muslim countries. But Bangladesh is still safe from that situation,” she said.
The Prime Minister said the BNP-Jamaat clique tries to foil January 05 2014 elections, killed 150 people and 20 members of the law enforcement agencies brutally in the name of the so-called movement.
“Khaleda Zia confined herself with 65 partymen into the BNP’s Gulshan office for over three months and enforced hartal and blockades for 93 days,” she said, adding that the blockade is yet to be withdrawn.
The Prime Minister said the BNP-Jamaat nexus unleashed destruction for three
After unleashing killing and terrorism in the country, she said, Khaleda Zia went abroad. “After Khaleda Zia went abroad, the killing of foreigners started in Bangladesh. Two foreigners were assassinated and attack was made on another foreigner,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina said the accused in the killings were identified and some of them were arrested. “We are taking action against the culprits and the law enforcement and intelligence agencies remain active in this regard,” she said.
“We would always move raising our head high, not bowing down to anybody,” she said, assuring that her government would do everything for further development of the country.- News Desk

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