Just when Bangladesh hanged war criminals Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury (SQC) and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed their masters and patrons in Pakistan, for which they grievously acted against humanity during our Liberation War in 1971, are giving out their hearts and souls for those two killers, rapists and perpetrators of all sorts of abuse on innocent people in the former eastern wing of Pakistan.
Not only the Pakistani government
but a "ultra-voltage" human rights activist and a politician in that
country also joined a malicious campaign to undermine Bangladesh's
independence from Pakistan 44 years ago at the cost of three million
lives by trying shamelessly to glorify the war criminals (WC) as heroes.
They also alleged the war crime trials the International Crimes
Tribunal (ICT) that sentenced SQC and Mohajeed (and several other WCs
before then) to death for committing crimes against humanity in 1971 had
been flawed and did not follow international standards
former Pakistan cricketer turned politician, asked the Bangladesh
government not to execute the WCs for the sake of peace in the region
and elsewhere in the world. His insolent and audacious remarks were
simply disgusting and annoying not only to the people of Bangladesh but
even to many sane and conscious people in Pakistan, too. At the same
time, Pakistan's top human rights leader Asma Jahangir lambasted
overwhelming sympathy and support of the Pakistan government for SQC and
Mojaheed as a proof that the two were agents of Pakistan.
Imran criticized the Pakistan government for violating human rights in
Pakistan by executing many people, they kind of decorated SQC and
Mojaheed in reactions to their execution on November 21 as "political
leaders" sent to the gallows through unfair legal process.
damn wrong. Perhaps they do not know that SQC of Bangladesh Nationalist
Party (BNP) and Mohajeed of Jamaat-e-Islami were hanged for war crimes,
not as opposition leaders. The ICT in Bangladesh has spared none
considering their political or religious identities, As such, ICT has
also tried and sentenced leaders of the ruling Awami league and allied
Jatiya Party for 1971 war crimes. There is no evidence of partisanship
or bias in the trials of the war criminals which has been demanded by
all Bangladeshis except for the collaborators of Pakistan occupation
army who conducted one of the history's worst genocides on the soil of
Asma Jahangir probably has lost her humanist steam except
for keeping some in store for those executed by military courts and
terrorists in Pakistan. Imran Khan clearly went out of his head in the
craze for a slice of power in Pakistan that over the years has kept
eluding him. It is good to try luck in politics or write one's name as
humanist but that should not compromise ethics, values or deny history.
was "adult"' when Pakistan's "patriotic and nationalist forces" in East
Pakistan fought for independence and surely followed the developments
curiously. They are fully aware of the bloodbath caused by Pakistan
occupation army and Jamaat with its killer gangs Al Badr, Al Shams etc.
Yet they seem to forget everything or pretend to forget. This is
shameful, audacious and indiginable.
Pakistan has been ruptured by
Islamist terrorism and resurgence of military rule that together led to
deaths of thousands of people there. Many Pakistani tribesmen and
politicians also made bonhomie with Taliban and maybe Al Qaeda also,
that destroyed Afghanistan and vitiated life in its immediate neighbour.
But Asma or Imran could do nothing to stop them.
Now as Bangladesh
under Prime Miniser Sheikh Hasina's government is stubbornly opposing
and fighting spread of terrorism even in the form of Islamic State (IS),
the ex-cricketer with a history of family debacles zoomed on the trials
of war criminals in Bangladesh. He should know that eminent
international jurists and legal experts have said they are satisfied
over the fairness and high standard of ICT trials in Bangladesh and as
such found no flaw or bias in the verdicts to hang the criminals.
was of the opinion that the hangings in Bangladesh would "further
deepen the divide and haunt its politics in the future". She said all
human rights activists who monitored these trials "agreed that due
process had not been given to the two accused".
"We've condemned the
unfortunate developments end even given out urgent appeals to the
Amnesty International and other international human rights organisations
in this regard," she added.
Here we feel intrigued. What Asma or
Amnesty International did when thousands of Iraqis including President
Saddam Hussein were killed by the US-UK coalition troops riding on false
accusations of keeping Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) or over 600
people were hanged in a single day in Egypt? They were silent
Imran Khan, chief of Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI), had written a
letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the day before executions of
SQC and Mojaheed took place. He asked for the forgiveness to the
convicts. `If his execution is stopped, it will be in the larger
interest not only of our region, but for the establishment of world
peace and justice,' he said.
The two Pakistanis came out in chorus
against Bangladesh's ICT verdicts at a time when Bangladesh was facing
increasing threats of terrorism from fundamentalists and terrorist
forces. But in view of strong resolve and firm actions by the government
of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, terrorism has yet to take roots in
Global powers including the United States and UK are
trying to turn IS' focus on Bangladesh so the secular Muslim democratic
country is known as a terror country. But their heinous attempts have
failed. Now we wonder whether they are also trying to align Pakistan in
the malicious campaign and use persons like Asma jahangir and Imran Khan
to carry their design.
However, we believe the people of Bangladesh,
despite efforts by Jamaat and BNP, will not be misled by any propaganda
or tolerate any conspiracy. They will value the sacrifices made and
prices paid in 1971 to the highest esteem.