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War crimes trial will be completed: PM

Times Desk - March 18th, 2013

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Sunday any attempts to save the war criminals would fail.
“A vested quarter is trying to protect them, but war criminals will be tried on this land and verdicts will come too, God willing,” Hasina told a rally in Tungiparha.
The Awami League-led administration set up two International Crimes Tribunals in line with an election commitment to try those who had opposed the nation’s struggle for freedom during the 1971 Liberation War. The tribunals have delivered verdicts against three persons, including two top leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami.
Referring to the war criminals, the Prime Minister said, “They had killed children in 1971, handed over our mothers and sisters to the Pakistani army, orchestrated murders, committed genocide, arson and crimes against humanity.”
An estimated three million people were killed during the war, hundreds of thousands of women were raped and around 10 million people were forced to take refuge in India.
Hasina said Bangabandhu had initiated the war crimes trials which came to a halt after his assassination on Aug 15, 1975 and the killing of four national leaders.
She said the war criminals were rehabilitated and given important government posts. “We started the war crimes trials after we came to office [in 2009] and it will be completed.”
“They will not be spared,” the Prime Minister said.
She urged the parents and teachers to bring up the children by getting them to espouse the principles of Bangabandhu and mould them into good citizens. Hasina said the children have to be drawn toward history and heritage of Bangladesh so that they grow up to be patriots and work for the welfare of the country.
“You are the future of the nation,” she said, addressing the children.
Hasina also urged the children to extend hands to the physically challenged and poor classmates as Bangabandhu used to do.
“In his childhood, Bangabandhu used to share his meal with his classmates. He used to give away his clothes to the poor and distribute food among them in times of famines,” she added.
Hasina went to Tungiparha to pay respects to the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on his 93rd birth anniversary. She paid floral tributes at around 10:30am and a contingent of the Armed Forces presented a salute.
Special prayers were held, attended by the Awami League chief and her younger sister Sheikh Rehana.
The day is also being observed as the National Children’s Day. The ruling party and its associate fronts are staging programmes to mark the day.
Bangabandhu was born on March 17, 1920 and the great leader ultimately led the nation to freedom.
He was assassinated along with most of his family members on the night of Aug 15, 1975. Hasina and Rehana were abroad then and so survived.
Cultural programmes have been organised in Tungiparha to mark the independence hero’s birthday. The Awami League is scheduled to hold a rally in Dhaka’s Shuhrawardy Uddyan on Monday.