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“Most chairmen of Shanti committees were either from Awami League or Muslim League. So Awami League or Muslim League will be responsible if any crimes were committed by the committees,” Azharul said.

Edit Date:8/5/2010 12:00:00 AM

Jamaat wants trial of all crimes from 1971 Staff Correspondent Jamaat-e-Islami yesterday said it would support the trial of crimes against humanity if all the crimes committed between 1971 and 2010 are tried.

Jamaat, many leaders of which were involved in war crimes during the 1971 Liberation War, however, said the government's present initiative for the trial of war criminals and crimes against humanity is nothing but a “blue print” to destroy the opposition parties including the Islamic party. Party's Acting Secretary General ATM Azharul Islam made the remarks at a press conference at the party's headquarters in the city's Moghbazar.

In response to a question, the Jamaat leader said the Pakistani occupation forces in 1971 killed millions of people and raped women but they did not side with the Pakistani army. Asked as to why they did not protest against such brutality, Azharul said they had different political stance during the Liberation War and remained silent about the inhumanity due to “different reasons”. “But we did not commit any crime,” he noted. Asked what the Jamaat leaders' or the party's political move was during the Liberation War, he advised journalists to go through newspapers of that time.

In a query about the photograph of Golam Azam with the Pakistani army and Razakars in different Razakar camps published in The Daily Sangram, mouthpiece of Jamaat, Azharul told journalists to go through the High Court verdict in the case relating to his Bangladeshi citizenship. Defending their stand against the ongoing process of trying war criminals, Azharul said, “It's a settled issue as Sheikh Mujibur Rahman brought an end to that process.” Replying to another query, he said no Jamaat leaders were involved with Shanti committee, auxiliary force of the Pakistani occupation army.

“Most chairmen of Shanti committees were either from Awami League or Muslim League. So Awami League or Muslim League will be responsible if any crimes were committed by the committees,” Azharul said. Meanwhile, the party yesterday in a statement criticised the filing of a writ petition by the president of Biswa Shanti Parishad demanding “purity” of Kurbani [slaughtering of animals on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha].

 

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