Petrol bomb arson amounts to war crimes: Inu
14 December 2015, Nirapad News: Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, MP, said today that those who had thrown petrol bombs at innocent people and killed them will be tried, one day, like war criminals.
“These crimes amount to war crimes, too,” the minister said today while addressing a meeting at the Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) to mark the martyrdom of journalists on the eve of Victory Day in 1971.
Inu said that the Liberation War was not only a military affair it had a political process, an intellectual angle and a cultural dimension to it. “It was a multidimensional struggle,” he said.
“Those who fought with their pens, those who fought with their intellect and those who contributed to the cultural awakening of the nation had an equally important role as those who led on the political front,” he said.
Referring to the killing of intellectuals between 10th to 14th December, 1971, he said it was a terrible crime, a sin against humanity that not only bereaves us but also deserves proper punishment. He recalled the role of the media in the fight for Bangladesh’s self-determination and independence.
“Naturally the intellectuals were specially targeted, as were the youth and the leader of the political movement for self-determination and independence, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
“They killed the intellectuals and youth and tried to kill Bangabandhu through framing him in the so-called Agartala Conspiracy Case and later in the Secret Trial at Lyallpur in 1971,” he recalled.
Inu felt that the only way to pay back the supreme sacrifice of the great minds and souls was through building a country free of militancy, war criminals who were now being led by Khaleda Zia.
“We must create a state free of such elements and which is safe and secure; free of militancy, free of war criminals; and free of their patrons.”
Speaking at the meeting, Professor Dr Golam Rahman of the Department of Journalism, University of Dhaka and also chairman of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) said Pakistan must apologize for the atrocities of 1971.
He also criticized those in the media who maintain a “balance” among freedom fighters and Razakars. “This is irresponsible journalism. There can be no compromise on the basic tenets of the state that was achieved through the Liberation War.”
Rahman also criticized the “glorification of negative images” and said “the media should never do that.”
“They must show responsibility and think of its impact on society,” he added.
He also warned people not to be misled by those who want to divide the nation.
Speaking on the occasion, Chief Editor and Managing Director of BSS Abul Kalam Azad thanked PIB for publishing a book on the martyred journalists of 1971 but he felt that in future they would do an even better job by documenting the martyrdom of other intellectuals as well.
Referring to an SMS threat to CPB President Mujahidul Islam Selim by a terrorist group, Azad said, “Bangladesh has justified its freedom by being well ahead of Pakistan in almost all indicators including socioeconomic and political ones.”
“This proves how ignorant the militants are,” he added.
The meeting was widely attended by siblings of the martyrs who also told the rapt audience of their horrors and travails.
The meeting was chaired by the chairman, PIB, Golam Sarwar, also editor of the Bengali daily, Samakal.