195 Pakistanis’ mock trial March 31
20 January 2016, Nirapad News: Shipping minister Shahjahan Khan said the symbolic trial of 195 members of the Pakistani Army, who were ‘prisoner of the war (POW) in 1971’, will be held at Suhrawardy Udyan in city on March 31.
He made this disclosure while addressing a rally to mark the first anniversary of Sramik-Karmachari-Peshajibi-Muktijuddha Samannoy Parishad in city’s Motijheel area on Wednesday.
Shahjahan Khan said, ‘Bangladesh will hold symbolic trial of the Pakistani army on March 31 at Suhrawardy Udyan in city. Judges will also involve in the trial process on the day’.
‘We will try them in the soil of Bangladesh. Moreover, the anti-liberation forces will not be allowed to do politics in the country,’ he added.
To mark anniversary of Sramik-Karmachari-Peshajibi-Muktijuddha Samannoy Parishad, a procession was brought out from Motijheel and ended in front of Jatiya Press Club.
Member of Parliament Shirin Akter, Bangladesh Road Transport Workers Federation general secretary Osman Ali and Freedom Fighter Abdul Malek Mia, among others, were also present at the program.
After the country’s war of independence, amid huge international pressure on Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his government, the 195 Prisoners of War (POWs), identified by Bangladesh as war criminals, were repatriated to Pakistan with a pledge to try them at their country but later the Pakistani government breached the agreement.
The POWs include one lieutenant general, five major generals, 20 brigadiers, four colonels, 40 lieutenant colonels, 81 majors, 41 captains and two lieutenants of Pakistan Armed Forces.
Lt-General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi and Major Generals Nazar Hossain Shah, Mohammad Hossain Ansari, Mohammad Zamshed, Quazi Abdul Mazid Khan and Rao Farman Ali were among the prisoners.