Hinting that Khaleda Zia will one day face trial for patronising war criminals including the executed ones, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said there will be no existence of the cohorts of the defeated forces in Bangladesh.“It hurts us that the cohorts of anti-liberation forces still dream of Pakistan despite living in Bangladesh. They couldn’t yet forget their ‘Pyare Pakistan’. But, we’ve to force them to forget it. There’ll be no existence of the cohorts of the defeated forces in Bangladesh,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League chief, was addressing a discussion meeting marking the 45th Victory Day at Krishibid Institution auditorium.
Deputy Leader of the House Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury presided over the discussion meeting organised by the ruling party.
Alleging that Ziaur Rahman had first patronised the war criminals and rehabilitated them in state power, Hasina said Khaleda followed the path of her husband after assuming power and handed over the national flag stained with the blood of millions of martyrs to those war criminals by making them ministers.
“What will answer Khaleda to the nation? These war criminals underwent trials and the court verdicts against them have also been executed, even some of them have been hanged…Khaleda will have to take the responsibility one day for making war criminals ministers,” she said.
She also urged all who believe in the spirit of the Liberation War and those who respect the verdicts of the higher court to always keep in mind that Ziaur Rahman and HM Ershad can never claim as ex-Presidents as higher court declared their power capture illegal.
Referring to the allegations of the many BNP men over their cases, Hasina said such cases were filed against those who burned people to death, destroyed public property alongside their order givers and patrons.
Lambasting the BNP chief and her son Tarique Rahman for embezzling the fund of orphanage and siphoning off money, Hasina alleged that the BNP-Jamaat men were also involved in August 21 grenade attack, Ahsanullah Master murder, Shah AMS Kibria murder and many more.
“Killers are killers and their trials wills surely be held in Bangladesh, no one will be able to save them,” Hasina added.
The Prime Minister said these days people have to hear the word of democracy from such a party which was formed by a military ruler. “I have doubt whether they know the definition of democracy or could spell it out.”
Hasina said both Ziaur Rahman and her Khaleda Zia had always hatched conspiracies so that Bangladesh could never keep its head high on the global stage for the long 21 years and from 1975 to 1996 Bangladesh had been heading towards a failed state. “But, after assuming office by our government in 1996, the people of Bangladesh turned it around.”
Referring to the holding and execution of the trials of the Bangabandhu killers, four national leaders killers and the war criminals, she said, “We’re holding these trials and even executing the verdicts and continue to execute those Insha Allah.”
She said it should be the vow of all not to let down the independence earned at the cost of blood of millions of martyrs. “We won’t allow anyone to let down this huge sacrifice.”
The Prime Minister also asked her party men alongside those who believe in the ideals of the Father of the Nation to pledge not to allow anyone to malign the country’s green-red flag and its dignity.
“Many games were played with Bangladesh. We’ll have to work accordingly and remain alert so that no one could play with the fate of country’s people,” she added.
AL Advisory Council member Suranjit Sen Gupta, AL Presidium member and Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, AL Presidium member Sheikh Selim, Disaster Management Minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury Maya, AL joint general secretaries Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif and Dr Dipu Moni, AL central committee member Enamul Haque Shamim also spoke at the discussion meeting.
Earlier, a one-minute silence was observed commemorating the four martyred national leaders, martyrs of the Liberation War and that of all democratic movements and the August 15 carnage.