BNP suggests Jamaat to seek apology for liberation

BNP suggests Jamaat to seek apology for liberation

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Dhaka-Pro-BNP intellectuals this time have suggested Jamaat-e-Islami either to seek apology for its role during the war of liberation or stay away from the BNP-led 20-party alliance willingly.Earlier on Thursday, the pro-BNP intellectuals and members of civil society at a meeting with BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia suggested her to severe ties with Jamaat or ask the party to seek apology to the nation for its anti-liberation role.
“Jamaat should either seek apology to the nation for its anti-liberation role during the War of Liberation or it should stay away (from the 20-party alliance) from their own good judgment for national and public interests,” said former vice chancellor of Dhaka University Prof Dr Emajuddin Ahmed.
Addressing a discussion meeting at Dhaka Reporters Unity, he said since the Jamaat is within the 20-party alliance it could be treated by certain quarters as an obstacle to forge a national unity.
Doctors Association of Bangladesh (DAB) organized the meeting on national unity to resist terrorism. Dr AKM Azizul Haque, president of the organization chaired the meeting.
He however said most of the Jamaat leaders and activists were born after the War of Liberation and they are the sons of the soil.
“I think there would not be any objection, if they offer apology to the nation for the mistakes of their pre-successors during the war of liberation,” he said.
The former DU vice chancellor said BNP chairperson’s call for national unity has created an opportunity to launch a bigger movement and the party should utilize the prospect.
He alleged that the government failed to make a call to the nation to get united against the terrorism and militancy and thus they should quit from power.
Eminent freedom fighter and Gonoshasthaya Kendra founder Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury described militancy as a protest but not appropriate and acceptable.
He identified misuse of power everywhere as one of the main reasons for youths to be misguided and took the path of militancy to take revenge.
Chowdhury called upon the prime minister to love the country and work together by forgetting who belongs whatever party.
Prof AFM Yusuf Haider, DAB secretary general Dr AZM Zahid Hossain, journalist Abdul Awal Thakur, among others, also spoke in the occasion.-STAFF REPORTER

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