Those forget Mar 25 Pak genocide shouldn’t live in Bangladesh: PM
Dhaka: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said those who have forgotten the genocide committed by Pakistani occupation forces on the fateful night of March 25, 1971 have no right to live in Bangladesh.
"And it’s also better for those who always maintain a very good relations with war criminals to go to Pakistan," she said while taking part in a motion declaring March 25 as ‘Mass Killing Day’ to commemorate the atrocities unleashed by the Pakistani occupation forces on the people of Bangladesh on that night in 1971.
During her speech, Sheikh Hasina, who is also the Leader of the House, urged Parliament to unanimously adopt this motion to free the nation from stigma.
Later, the House unanimously adopted the motion declaring March 25 as ‘Mass Killing Day’.
Jasod MP Shirin Akter (Feni-1) placed the motion in the House, with Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury in the chair. It was passed by voice vote following a marathon discussion over the proposal.
Immediately after the placement of the proposal, Hasina took the floor and showed many videos and images depicting atrocities unleashed by the Pakistani occupation forces on Bangalees on the fateful March 25 night in 1971.
As the last Speaker on the motion, she said the Pakistanis are yet to get back sense as they are still carrying out propaganda against the Great War of Liberation. There are also some agents of them in the country, which is very much unfortunate.
Taking a swipe at former Major General ZA Khan for his remarks that the country's independence came through the conspiracy of Indian intelligence agency RAW, Hasina said, "I feel ashamed that I promoted him (ZA Khan) to Major General just before his retirement...how come this man could become Major General had the country not been liberated."
She went on saying, "It's quite unfortunate some black sheep like him were born in Bangladesh, and the more they are kicked by Pakistanis, the more they will lick the feet of them...such agents are always there."
Describing the atrocities by the Pakistani occupation forces from her personal experience on that fateful night of March 25, Hasina said the local collaborators of the occupation forces like Razakars, Al Badars and Al Shams are equally liable for that heinous crimes as the Pakistani occupation forces were.
She alleged that the anti-liberation forces have been hatching conspiracies time and again. "They never believed in the independence of Bangladesh and don't want Bangladesh to become a dignified State and the people of the country live in peace and lead a better life."
The Prime Minister said there is no new evidence required for proving afresh the genocide of the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971 as their crimes were negatively highlighted in all the media and newspapers across the world.
Later, delivering her winding up speech at the 14th session of 10th parliament, Hasina said the Pakistanis are still carrying out a propaganda that the War of Liberation is the outcome of a conspiracy of Indian intelligence agency RAW.
Lauding the role of current opposition party in parliament, she said when the BNP-Jamaat clique was in the opposition, the environment in parliament was very bad as there was frequent hurling of filthy and indecent words by them. "But, the current opposition party (Jatiya Party) has maintained a very excellent environment in parliament for which I extend thanks to them," she added.
Following the request form the Opposition Leader to raise the age limit for entering Civil Service, Hasina ruled out the suggestion saying students now get a plenty of time to take up jobs.
She also said a process is already underway for forming a new wage board for journalists.
The Prime Minister also noted with satisfaction that the prices of essentials are now in a very stable condition and the government has been continuously monitoring the situation.