War crimes trial to free nation from stigma: PM

Posted on November 20, 2011

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina

She reaffirms economy is on track

 

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has sought cooperation of all professionals in holding the trial of war criminals saying that it would free the nation from another stigma.

“No area of the country was spared from their [war criminals] atrocities during the Liberation War in 1971 and the people of the country who were subjected to their tortures can never forget that,” she said.

The premier was addressing the Grand Rally and Convention 2011 of Jatiya Peshajibi Samonnoy Parishad at Bangabandhu International Convention Centre in the city on Sunday.

Hasina said the country needs to be freed from the grip of the evil forces as trial of the war criminals is the popular demand.

After the 2001 election, the prime minister said, Bangladesh had turned into a land of militancy and terrorism under the leadership of BNP’s ally Jamaat-e-Islami.

After assuming office, the present government has freed the country from the stigma of militancy and thus brightened its image abroad, she added.

Hasina said the leader of the opposition is spreading falsehoods taking a clear stand in favour of the war criminals and urged the professionals to get united to foil her (Khaleda Zia) propaganda.

Mentioning the progress made by her government in various sectors in the last 34 months, the prime minister urged all concerned to generate ‘hopes and aspirations’ among people instead of making misleading statements on the country’s economy and sinking the nation into frustration.

“The government is borrowing money from banks to carry out development activities, not for luxury,” the prime minister told her audience.

Dismissing the claim of liquidity crisis in the country by a section of economists, Hasina said there is no liquidity crisis in the country.

She said the country has enough foreign currency reserve and the government attained 6.7 percent growth despite global economic meltdown.

When the developed nations suspended their development programmes due to their economic crisis, Bangladesh is expanding its social safety net programmes, she added.

Hasina said there is no need to be worried as the country has sufficient food stock.

The prime minister said the country’s main seaport has been revitalised while Mongla Seaport reopened.

She listed various steps taken by her government for the welfare of the people, including addition of 2,400 megawatt of electricity to the national grid and massive development in communications sector.

About polls, the premier said all the national and local government elections held under the present government were free and fair and ruling party candidates were defeated in many cases.

“Free, fair and peaceful holding of Narayanganj City Corporation election is a bright example of the government’s neutrality,” she added.

Chaired by Samonnoy Parishad Convenor Justice AFM Mesbahuddin, the rally was addressed, among others, by leaders of different professional units of the parishad.

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