Sunday 28 March 2010
Source: Zee News.
Dhaka — Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has warned of a conspiracy to scuttle the trial of “war criminals” accused of genocide and those who sided with the Pakistan Army during the 1971 “Liberation war”.
Hasina, who underlined her government’s determination to bring to justice the war criminals and complete the unfinished task of country’s founding leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, asked the people to remain vigilant.
The Awami League leader said those who have “politically rehabilitated the war criminals” after the brutal assassination of Bangabandhu along with most of his family members «may try to create instability in the country ahead of the trial.»
Many of the BNP and its key Jamaat-e-Islami party leaders and several other rightwing groups have been accused of “war crimes” and helping the Pakistani military during the struggle for independence.
According to official figures, Pakistani troops, aided by local collaborators, killed an estimated 3 million people, raped about 200,000 women and forced millions more to leave their homes during the bloody nine-month guerrilla war.
Jamaat’s chief Motiur Rahman Nizami and Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid led the so-called Al-Badr forces, which are widely believed to have been involved in genocide, rape and murder of frontline intellectuals in an effort to cripple the emerging nation in 1971.