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Thursday, April 16, 2015, Baishakh 3, 1422 BS, Jamadius Sani 25, 1436 Hijr

PM blasts rights bodies for taking sides with violators
War crimes trial will be completed: Hasina
Published : Thursday, 16 April, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM,  View Count : 143
Staff Correspondent
Criticising the international human rights bodies over their role in trying to stop execution of war criminals, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that it's a 'complex philosophy' that those organizations stand up for the violators of human rights and remain silent about human rights of the victims.
"Why we have to protect the rights of those who have violated the rights of so many? Why those bodies are so worried about their (violators) human rights instead of the people they abused and killed?" the Prime Minister asked.
Sheikh Hasina, also the Awami League President, said this in her inaugural speech at a gathering of editors, columnists, writers and participants of television talk-show programmes at her official residence at Ganabhaban on Wednesday to exchange greetings on the occasion of Bengali New year 1422.
Sheikh Hasina said, "The trials we have started for the war criminals must
be completed. Two verdicts have been implemented and we hope that we would be able to complete the process defying all obstacles."
"We have started implementation of the verdicts of war criminals. You've seen how we got calls from high-ups requesting that we stop the execution."
Mohammad Kamaruzzaman, a Jamaat leader, convicted of the genocide in Sherpur's Sohaghpur among other charges, was executed Saturday, followed by the execution of Abdul Quader Molla, another Jamaat leader, better known as 'Butcher of Mirpur' because of his war-time atrocities.
The Prime Minister expected constructive opinion and judgment of media about the activities of her government. She said wholesale criticism only helps the anti-liberation forces with which her government is confronting at every step.
"Criticism will help us stand corrected. But I expect that you will not do anything which will strengthen the hands of the anti-liberation forces who even didn't want our nation's freedom," she said.
Sheikh Hasina said her government has come to power to serve people, not to make own fortunes.
Pointing out that honesty is the main strength of her government, the Prime Minister said, "A vested quarter tried to tarnish our image over the Padma Bridge issue. We have accepted the challenge and decided to construct the bridge with our own resources."
The Prime Minister said the present government has only three years and nine months time in hand. "So time is very short but there are many works to do. All development works should be taken to a particular stage before holding of the next general election, slated for 2019," she said.
Extending her Bengali New Year's greetings to everybody, the Prime Minister said a vested quarter is out to brand the celebration as a culture of Hindus. But, they forgot that it was Mughal Emperor Akbar who first introduced the celebration of Bengali New Year which was very much fit to the culture, custom and heritage of the Bengalis of the subcontinent.
Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University Professor AAMS Arefin Siddique, noted academician Dr Anisuzzaman, litterateur Selina Hossain, editor of the daily Samakal Golam Sarwar, among others, attended the function, while PM's Media Advisor and Editor the Daily Observer Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury gave welcome address.

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