Questions over martyrs’ figure regrettable: Justice Haque
02 February 2015, Nirapad News: Amid controversy over the figures of martyrs involving the independence war against Pakistan in 1971, the head judge of the International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Tuesday said the issue was a “resolved one”.
Justice Anwarul Haque said it was regrettable that some people were trying to create dispute over the figures of 3 million martyrs, an estimate recognised by all the previous governments and other academic and historical documents at home and abroad.
His observation came as he led a three-member panel of judges of the tribunal dealing with war crimes to announce its verdict for two defendants who were awarded death penalty for their involvement in genocide and other serious crimes during the nine-month bloody war in Netrokona district.
“It is a matter of great regret that some people are trying to create debate by questioning the number of martyrs in the country’s Liberation War,” Haque said in his observation attached to the verdict.
The debate surfaced recently after Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia raised the issue.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her colleagues have criticised Khaleda Zia for her remarks.
Legal measures have also been initiated against Khaleda Zia for her comment.
The special tribunal headed by Haque on Tuesday sentenced the 66-year-old Obaidul Haque Taher and his associate Ataur Rahman Noni to death for their crimes as associates of the Pakistani soldiers in 1971.