SANGSAD BHABAN: Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina has blasted the Jamaat-e-Islami for enforcing hartal centering the Supreme Court verdict about the trial of Sayedee.
"I don't know why they have called hartal. Is Jammat unhappy about the verdict? They would have been happy, had the International Crimes Tribunal verdict been upheld," she said.
"There is no logic of calling hartal regarding the judgment. This hartal is against the judges and the independent judiciary," she said while delivering her valedictory speech in the third session of the 10th Jatiya Sangsad Thursday night.
About the Supreme Court verdict on the trial of Jamaat leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee, the Prime Minister said through this judgment he was identified as a killer, rapist and social and war criminal.
She said the higher court is independent and it pronounced the verdict independently. "We have nothing to say about the judgment but the people of the country would have been happy, had the International Crimes Tribunal verdict on the case been upheld," she said.
The Prime Minister said the trial of war criminals is going on and it would continue to free the nation from a prolonged stigma. "We must free the nation from that stigma by completing the trial of 1971 criminals," she said.
She said that her government has protected the dignity of the judges of the Supreme Court and sanctity of the judiciary through the 16th amendment to the constitution.
"The judiciary is independent and it is well-protected--we have ensured it through the 16th amendment. Many (people) say many words. But they do never think about the reality," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said earlier the judges of the Supreme Court were used to be removed by the three-member Supreme Judicial Council. "Their fate was used to hang on the wish of the council at that time," she said.
She said after the 16th amendment to the constitution, the opinion of two-third majority of parliament would be needed to remove the judges. "Ultimately, upon order of the President, any judge could be removed from his or her post," she said.
In this connection, the Prime Minister thanked all lawmakers belonging to the treasury bench, opposition and independent for taking part in the discussion on the issue and casting their votes in favour of the amendment.
In a scathing attack on a former adviser to the caretaker government, also a Barrister, for his remarks that the two women of the country do not understand politics, Sheikh Hasina said those people including him are political bankrupt and they soothe their heartburns saying that the women do not understand politics.
"They always want to come to power through an unconstitutional way ........they don't want democratic environment as they feel suffocation out of it. They could not forget the boot licking lords of Yahia Khan," she added.
On criticisms of the Leader of the Opposition in parliament in various sectors, the Leader of the House listed the government's numerous achievements highlighting various steps in the education, health, communication, macroeconomic management, power and gas sector improvement, drive against adulterated food and formalin, post flood rehabilitation and assistance programmes, addressing water logging in the capital, starting the construction of Padma Bridge with own fund.