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Rabiul H. Zaki

1952, 1971, the genocide and Shahbagh
March 16, 2013

Events in the last few weeks have been painful reminders of our Liberation War, Jamaat-e-Islami’s role, trials and tribulations surrounding the demand for justice after 42 years. People who are not particularly biased for or against a particular political school of thought in Bangladesh, people who have general knowledge of the events in 1947 but never delved deep into the complex and conflicting sources of information may wonder — “what is going on”! Instead of discussing and debating what pro-Liberation people think of ‘71 genocide, the nature of today’s Shahbagh Movement, threats to Islam in Bangladesh; let’s be one sided, let’s be biased and count on, essentially, a single source of information i.e. from Pakistani and anti-liberation entities like Jamaat. Many books and reports have been written by Bangladeshis, Pakistanis, Indians and western scholars/media but let’s concentrate on Pakistani, Muslim League and Jamatis; let’s hear from the horse’s mouth. History repeats itself: Un-Islamic Bangla, communist (atheist) youths of 1952 and today’s youths of Shahbagh Shahbagh youths have been called atheists, un-Islamic by Jamaate-Islami and its support base. Let’s see the history of such name calling in Bangladesh. It started a long time ago and it started with our Language Movement in 1948-1952. Badruddin Umar in his book “Bhasa Andolon Proshongo, Kotipoy Dolil” (1995) included a treatise named “Pakistan Language Formula: A Scientific Study of the Language Problem of a “Uninational”, Ideological, Islamic State in a “Multilingual” Country” produced by Maulana Ragib Ahsan, Ex Member, Bangal Muslim League Parliamentary Board, Founder, Jamiat Ulema-I-Islam, March 1952.

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…therefore opposition party in Pakistan means enemy of Pakistan and Islam”. form and spirit. “Therefore they arrested Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy on 31 January 1962 in Karachi under internal security law. which in turn means opposing Pakistan means opposing Islam. “The Worship of Language for the sake of Language or of Race and Homeland is the idolatry of the age and Pakistan has come to smash these idols and emancipate man from the slavery of Race. Language.e. The “Musalmani Bengala” of the Muslamans is not fully developed and requires careful culture to bring it in tune with Islamic culture and ideology of Pakistan”. 1971. “The present day Dacca University has become the citadel and stronghold of Bengali Linguistic Nationalism. the genocide and Shahbagh | Opinion Among other things. Suhrawardy because he was about to destroy Pakistan with foreign money” Jamaat-e-Islami often claims that Ghulam Azam participated in the Language Movement of 1952. (page 40) Huseyn Shaheed Suhrawardy who was instrumental in the creation of Pakistan.com/2013/03/16/language-mov. “The government has arrested Mr. In essence opposing Muslim League is opposing Pakistan.bdnews24. (page 80) Bengali-a-medium of Hinduization.“Modern sanskritized Bengali is an alien Braminical Aryan imposition from without on the soul of Bengali Muslims…It is a veritable medium of the process of Hinduization”. He declared at the airport. (page 93) “Bengali should adopt Arabic script to help further development and Islamization of Musalmani Bengala”. Secularism and Communism (read atheist) and has been fountainhead of the Anti-Islam and Anti-Pakistan movements. Later under Ayub Khan. Gradually they started to claim that Pakistan came into being for the wellbeing of Islam. The University as at present constituted is diametrically opposed to Islamic and Pakistani Ideology”. “Prior to the general election in 1954. says. In order to suppress the demand for Bangla to become an official language of Pakistan. 1st February President Ayub Khan arrived in Dacca. “Amar Dekha Rajneeteer Ponchash Bochor” (1989) Abul Mansur Ahmed. Mr Suhrawardy was accused of subversion. the so-called Islamic scholar(s) and politicians tried to denigrate Bangla. the Muslim League Government of Pakistan even gave a fatwa issued by their Moulavis that casting vote against the Muslim League would dissolve marriages of the concerned voters”.. …Because “Urdu is the common language of the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent. (page 77) Bengali “far from being akin to Islamic spirit it is absolutely anti-Islamic and anti-Musalman in its origin. (Page 251) In his memoir.“Amir of East Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami said in a lecture that the language movement of 1952 was a great political mistake and he expressed his sorrow for his own involvement in that movement.. Maulana Ahsan theorized the followings: http://opinion. (page 102) Maulana Ragib Ahsan (1952 page 93-94) declared. territorial nationalism and materialism”.1952. provided a vivid description of the Muslim League and Pakistani mindset in 50’s and 60’s: “They (i. The next day. Politicians who fought for Pakistan but wanted democracy were derided and harassed. 2 of 19 Tuesday 14 May 2013 12:55 PM . was rebuked by then Pakistani Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan as the “Mad dog unleashed by Hindustan”(page 41). and their cultural and religious identity is inherent in it”. (page 104) In a book named “Political History of Bangladesh” (2001). Badruddin Umar in another book “Jhuddo-purbo Bangladesh” (1987) quotes the following from “The Daily Azad” (20 June 1970). leaders of Muslim League) started to say that opposition of Muslim League was akin to opposing Pakistan. Dr Mohammed Hannan. He actually did but later regretted it.

how could they be stopped?” “The report quotes Lt. Brigadier Mian Taskeenuddin (Witness No. Gen. the genocide and Shahbagh | Opinion http://opinion. They have been doing it since 1952.bdnews24.“atheists”. Gen. Niazi) was himself a raper.” Maj. Therefore. there is no doubt that today Jamaat-e-Islami and its apologists would call Shahbagh youths. and his nocturnal visits to places also frequented by several junior officers under his command. Jamaat was trying to save Pakistan in order to save Islam in this country How did “Islamic” Pakistani army and its top echelons behave in 1971? What did Pakistani army say about their own activities and Jamaat’s role to save Pakistan in order to save Islam? After the war. S.. Here are some related excerpts from the report: … “corruption arising out of the performance of Martial Law duties. arson. the president of Pakistan appointed the War Inquiry Commission in December 1971. (Paragraphs 30 to 34 of Chapter 1 of Part V of the Main Report). killing of people at random must stop… I had come to know that looted material had been sent to West Pakistan which included cars. refrigerators and air conditioners etc. lust for wine and women and greed for lands and houses. and that he indulged in the smuggling of Pan from East Pakistan to West Pakistan. I addressed a letter to all formations located in the area and insisted that loot. who fought for such worthy causes. 1971. Niazi … during his stay in East Pakistan he came to acquire a stinking reputation owing to his association with women of bad repute. M. Naeem (Witness No 258) CO of 39 Baluch that “innocent people were killed by us during sweep operations and it created estrangement amongst the public. Niazi regarding Pakistani army activities post 25 March. The commission was headed by then Chief Justice of Pakistan. Gen. rape.com/2013/03/16/language-mov. 282) said: “Many junior and other officers took the law into their own hands to deal with the so-called miscreants. arson. Col. Youths. Adviser to the Governor of East Pakistan. An admission was also made by Lt. (October 23. loot. Hamoodur Rahman. told the Commission about “Harrowing tales of rape. In 1971.1952. and of insulting and degrading behaviour” by the Pakistani army. The report described such life as “disreputable” (Chapter I of Part V of the Main Report) … Lt. harassment.. Rao Forman Ali. There were verbal 3 of 19 Tuesday 14 May 2013 12:55 PM . particularly those occupying the highest positions”. His report is known as the “Hamoodur Rahman Commission Report”. 1974). Gen. There have been cases of interrogation of miscreants. a large number of senior (Pakistani) Army Officers.” “There was a general feeling of hatred against Bengalis amongst the soldiers and officers including Generals. were called atheist and anti-Islamic. which were far more severe in character than normal and in some cases committed in front of the public. “The troops used to say that when the Commander (Lt.

General Niazi visited my unit at Thakurgaon and Bogra. larai ki fikar nahin karo. Mr. I also expressed my concerns about his safety as it was known that he would visit homes of women of bad repute without any bodyguard” (Page 99). Additional Deputy Commissioner. Dacca …said “after the military action the Bengalis were made aliens in their own homeland. civilian officers etc”. Major General Rao Forman Ali.com/2013/03/16/language-mov. Ye mujhe kiya samajhtey hain”. He describes Niazi’s behaviour and antics even when he was negotiating Pakistani army’s surrender with Indian General Nagra and 4 of 19 Tuesday 14 May 2013 12:55 PM . The victims included Army and Police Officers. his conversations were obscene and dealings were shameful. CAF personnel did not behave well …In order to establish public order a new force was created named Rajakar. Only Allah or he knows. He threatened that he would let his soldiers loose on the womenfolk” (page 98). which were circulating in Dacca.. People were picked up from their homes on suspicion and dispatched to Bangladesh. some troops. However. Abhi to mujhey Bangali girlfriends key phone number dey do” (page 99). “How Pakistan Got Divided” (1996 Bangla version) offers the following information: “Reinforcement troops from (West Pakistan) were from Civil Armed Forces (CAF). and honour of even the most highly placed among them were not safe. Mohammad Ashraf. “Brigadier Arbbab also told me to destroy all houses in Joydepur. “Within a short span of time Niazi became infamous for his obscene language and licentious character. He asked us how many Hindus we had killed. General Niazi on 11 April at Command Headquarter said to General Khadim “Yar.1952. The life. Bengalis were definitely portrayed as kafirs to some such troops.. In his book. In May. This order was from Brigadier Abdullah Malik of 23 Brigade. The statements appearing in the evidence of Lt. the genocide and Shahbagh | Opinion instructions to eliminate Hindus”. 1971. “A Stranger in My Own Country. what type of person he was. General Niazi on 10 March 1971 at a briefing/de-briefing conference at the headquarters of the Eastern Command said “Main is haramzadi quamki nasal badal doon ga.” Brigadier Siddique Saliq in his book “Witness to Surrender” (1997) described the horrific event of the night of 25th March as follows: “The gates of hell had been cast open. Col. To a great extent I executed this order. woh to hum lain gey. Before coming to Dacca somebody must have advised them that Bangalis have revolted against Islamic country Pakistan. to the shame of all. killing and rape” (page 104). Major General Khadim Hossain Raza in his book. http://opinion. there was an order in writing to kill Hindus. property. East Pakistan 1969-1971” (2012) wrote the followings: Yahyah’s moral character: “too disgraceful to be put into print”. a term used to describe summary executions….” (page 75) “During these operations. Aziz Ahmed Khan (Witness no 276) who was Commanding Officer 8 Baluch and then CO 86 Mujahid Battalion are also directly relevant. indulged in looting.bdnews24. I told the president all his stories. businessmen. Overall they made a very good contribution” (page 94).

…“immediately after (the 1965) war. 1971. Pakistan. we again submerged under falsehood. He will protect it in the future. (But) when the Muslims failed to solve the political problem in a political way.“In my view he was behaving in a shameful way. lust for wine and women. “These operations (post 25 March) were only partial success because the West Pakistani troops neither knew the faces of the suspects nor could they read the lane numbers (in Bengali). Azam declared.. On 5 August 1971. and Al-Badr According to Brigadier Siddique Saliq (1997). “With support from many non-Muslims in East Pakistan. They brutally killed innocent people.1952. On August 12. Allah’s curse (gojob) came onto us (referring to 25 March 1971). 1999). on 11 January 2012. The Jamaat leaders. When he was discussing the conditions of surrender to the enemy. Pakistanis themselves have confessed about rape.bdnews24. and Muslims”. Can’t we? ’71 genocide and the role of Peace Committee. (Pakistan) Army has uprooted almost all miscreants from East Pakistan and now there is no power which can challenge the dominance of the army”. Bangladeshe Fatwar Itihas..he was cracking obscene jokes to the Indians as if they were his long lost friends” (Page 157). No power of the world will be able to destroy Pakistan”.com/2013/03/16/language-mov. murder of innocent civilians. a compilation of statements by the Jamaat leaders based on what was published in Jamaat’s own newspaper The Daily Sangram in 1971. “the supporters of the so-called Bangladesh Movement are the enemies of Islam. He was behaving in an undignified and funny manner. Ghulam Azam and Matiur Rahman Nizami. the genocide and Shahbagh | Opinion http://opinion. Ghulam Azam at a press conference at Lahore Airport said. burning. Pakistan is abode of Allah. “The Pakistani soldiers unleashed a reign of terror on the soil of Bangladesh in 1971. Allah has saved it time and again. then Allah saved His beloved land through the (Pakistan) army”. molested Bengali women and ruined the economy. 1971. Here are a few of those statements: On 20 June 1971. Rajakar. looting. We can make up our minds based on the above without listening to any “lie” from the pro-Liberation forces. etc. he should have been calm and dignified. and what was the Jamaat saying and doing? The Daily Prothom Alo published. freedom fighter Kader Siddiqui in the following way. or God forbid from the Awami League’s propaganda. issued the fatwa that those activities were permissible to save Islam” (Page 252. They had to depend on the co-operation of 5 of 19 Tuesday 14 May 2013 12:55 PM . even of smuggling. Matiur Rahman Nizami (then head of Al Badr) said “Allah entrusted the pious Muslims with the responsibility to save His beloved Pakistan. Dr Mohammed Hannan (2001) wrote. Sheik Mujib intends for secession.

He (Farman) was the major general in charge of civil administration.bdnews24. “Niazi also said. “. It was a pathetic sight to see him pale and almost on the verge of break down”. Maj. (page 92-93) “But the Army. another senior military officer during the war.. rape. abetted the enemy and volunteered/actively participated in the murder. I do not till this day know where they were kept. The elderly and prominent among them formed the Peace Committees while the young and able-bodied men were recruited as Razakars. the authorities thought it wise to perpetuate the reign of terror “to keep the Bingos under control”. (Page 105) Regarding brutal murders of intellectuals on 14 December. Al-Badr and Al Shams). the local people”…“The only people who came forward were the rightist like Khwaja Khairuddin of the Council Muslim League.e. Jamshed …said “It was on the 9th and 10th of December 1971 that General Niazi expressed his apprehension of a general uprising in the Dacca city and ordered him to examine the possibility of arresting certain persons according to lists which were already with the various agencies. moral support. Perhaps they were confined in an area which was guarded by mujahids (i. including murder of the intellectuals. looting. some people were arrested.” Regarding murders of the intellectuals Major General Rao Farman Ali (1996) said.com/2013/03/16/language-mov. …Army got support of Al Badr. out of sheer necessity valued their presence and followed their advice”. Later General Niazi would “call Razakars Al Badr (headed by Nizami) and Ash Shams”. (Page 94). namely the Martial Law Authorities and the Intelligence Branch.1952.. burning. Hamoodur Rahman Commission Report (1973) provides the following insight: 26. that Farman requested Niazi to send him back to Pakistan. religious justifications of Pakistani army’s atrocities but also aided. a conspirator and a swindler”. 1971. The Al Badr and Ash Shams groups were a dedicated lot. for. implicating Farman’s involvement in the killing of the intellectuals. As such nothing would happen which he would not know?” Major General Khadim Hossain Raza (2012) refers to the book written by General Niazi named ‘The Betrayal of East Pakistan’ where he described General Farman as “an opportunist. Al Shams and Rajakar Mujahids created by General Niazi” (page 97). many 6 of 19 Tuesday 14 May 2013 12:55 PM . Gen. When asked about Farman’s refusal to admit his involvement in the killing of the intellectuals Brigadier Siddique Saliq.. “…. They frequently resorted to “search and sweep operations” on information provided by “patriotic” Pakistanis. A conference was held on the 9th and 10th of December 1971 in which these lists were produced by the agencies concerned and the total number of persons to be arrested came to about two or three thousand. the genocide and Shahbagh | Opinion http://opinion. Professor Ghulam Azam of the Jamaat-e-Islami and Maulavi Farid Ahmed of the Nizam-i-Islam Party. Other unresolved problems in Bangladesh and an un-necessary trial Some patriotic people with good intention and a lot of Jamaat apologists have said that Bangladesh is suffering from many chronic problems. (Page 93) “Instead of eradicating these germs of independence. This section shows that Jamaat leaders not only provided verbal. “These patriotic elements were organized into two groups. deteriorated law and order situation. Fazlul Qader Chauwdhury of the Convention Muslim League. keen to help the army”. corruption. “Mukti Bahini would kill him of his alleged massacre of the Bangalees and intellectuals on the night of 15–16 December. said.

bdnews24. One may remember the “Waco Siege” in 1993. during the BNP/Jamaat rule the same police would use the same tactics against the Awami League. Comparing usual lawlessness in Bangladesh. unresolved. USA. looting. which it did not. lives of public and public/private properties) and resulting in deaths. the government could have managed the current situation the way it should have. It is also true that police in Bangladesh is not only underpaid. they would use excessive force. undertrained (like most underdeveloped countries) but also ill equipped to response to coordinated onslaughts from any motivated. the genocide and Shahbagh | Opinion http://opinion. FBI stormed (with Clinton’s authorization) a fringe. and burning) but Jamaatis have not. heinous attempts to offer religious justifications of torture. 1971. During the Awami League rule. It was necessary for the government to plan and take precautionary measures to control the situation. with the general law and order situation in Bangladesh for the last 42 years. fraught with danger of sanitizing Jamaat’s active participation in the 1971 genocide. beat up and fire on the BNP and Jamaat. The lone survivor of 14 December mass murder of intellectuals described in a recent TV documentary how Al Badr killed Prof Munier Chowdhury and others. etc. If a virulent mob attacks a police station or government building in the UK. They have shown no remorse. Now it seems from an administrative point of view. Jamaat-e-Islami and its apologists may try. In this case Davidians did not attack police stations. murdering. They should have known or anticipated that Jamaat would go berserk if the trials went on and/or when verdicts would be delivered. which led to the death of 76 people including women and children. FBI stormed its compound. Misguided people. torturing. the concept of “moving on” or “forget and forgive” does not apply to them. —————————– 7 of 19 Tuesday 14 May 2013 12:55 PM . arson. therefore.com/2013/03/16/language-mov. which Jamaat is now showing off as police brutality aiming to destroy Islam! (Remember they were also trying to save Islam in 1971?). they would insert such bars into the head of their victims to ensure death. fanatic Christian religious group called Branch Davidians.. organized. the government seems totally paralyzed.1952. cadre based party like Jamaat. Instead of relying on good intelligence. However. Final note Police brutality is nothing new in Bangladesh. Let’s not try to dilute the gravity of Jamaat’s vocal and moral support. They have not said “sorry” to the nation nor have they apologized. looting. It shows Jamaat-Shibir’s Standard Operating Procedure has remained unchanged for the last four decades. Any death is regrettable and those who died due to police fire may also come under this category.. On the other hand. Such questions also provide a moral cushion to their acts. Jamaat-Shibir reportedly did exactly the same couple of weeks ago when they killed some police constables and others. preventive and well organized mitigation action. I do not imagine that there would be no death among the attackers. high profile murder cases. Some were bitten with iron bars to death and at the final point. What is interesting is Jamaat’s modus operandi. murder. innocent bystanders and others) as a mean to make a point or to achieve their objectives. unsolved murders during Ershad. They just played into the hands of Jamaat’s ploy of extracting maximum reaction (in order to save their own lives. why should government initiate this trial? I think it is a frumpy comparison. it is solely relying on police action/reaction. which is never good. Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina with the genocide in 1971 is also an insult to the memories of the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the independent country that we have today. people who use religion or an extreme ideology often use death (death of their own comrades. Pakistani army has confessed that they made “mistakes” (by raping. therefore. Saudi Arabia or Iran. rape. but it will not work.

Jamat in association with BNP is trying a controlled chaos in the name of. Bangladesh. While you want to try Jamaat for its atrocities. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2. 8 of 19 Tuesday 14 May 2013 12:55 PM . remember 40. 2013 at 9:35 am Zaki bhai. Remember the 1. This is utter nonsense. To me.com accepts no responsibility. | | More ---------------------------------------------------------------------(The opinions expressed below are those of the writer's and do not necessarily reflect that of bdnews24.1952. Mushtaque on March 22. remember the corruption in distribution of relief materials and food during famine by Gazi Gulam Mustafa the then head of Bangladesh Red Cross? These are now either conveniently forgotten or are made to forget by unwritten invisible laws! I could go on and on. bdnews24. legal or otherwise.com. Dhaka Dyeing and so on). 2013 at 1:47 pm As you remind us of the glorious 1952 and 1971.) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 13 Responses to “ 1952. Shahbagh This entry was posted on March 16. Shahbagh Movement. Syed on March 20. 468 Like http://opinion.. pakistan. 1971.com/2013/03/16/language-mov. remember professionals were forced to join BAKSAl. you are forgetting the atrocities committed between 1972 and 1975. the genocide and Shahbagh ” 1. we have enough evidences agaist these colleborators to hang them. Reply 2. the genocide and Shahbagh | Opinion Rabiul H. remember nationalization of 4 newspapers while banning the rest. capital. 4 Tags: 1971. remember professionals were replaced by inexperienced and thugs at all levels. 1971.5 million people dead from famine and post famine diseases (according to Amartya Sen). for the accuracy or content of member comments.com content for commercial purposes is strictly prohibited and constitutes copyright infringement liable to legal action. war crimes trial. 2013 at 9:51 pm and is filed under 1971. remember it took 13 minutes to scrap a parliamentary democracy and install a BAKSAL instead and thereby banning all other political parties. Since then we never recovered from tyranny and we never will. AL/BNP /Jamaat. At the birth of this country the hopes and aspirations of democratic Bangladesh was buried deep down the earth by scrapping a parliamentary democracy and installing a one-party rule under BAKSAL with Sheikh Mujibur Rahman having extraordinary powers. WARNING: Any unauthorised use or reproduction of bdnews24. remember Siraj Shikder killed in police custody. remember nationalization of industries (like Adamjee Jute Mills. land. Islam.bdnews24. Zaki is a BUET and AIT graduate currently working in Australia. what a wonderful piece.0 feed. It is objective and to the point.. it seems that people like you conveniently forget the period between 1972 and 1975.000 people gone missing or dead in the hands of Jatiya Rakhhi Bahini. Jamaat-e-Islami. you said it. The problem is we are reminded of some history over and over again while some other part of the history we are conveniently forgetting or as I said made to forget.

the genocide and Shahbagh | Opinion http://opinion. it is a timely writing to jog our memories that these people have never stopped using the same logic. My friend Zaki. Kindest Regards. The Hasina administration are not fools. Reply Lucky on May 12. and lets starts with the first one first. please do a favor. they purposely brought this issue of Jamaat because – ‘olot palot koray they ray ma.. Shame on them.. However. Hence the cycle of violence will continue as long as Bangladesh exists. Kamal Uddin on March 20. Once the justice is served for the first one you know for sure next one is on the line. Despite knowing all failures. Be truthful & just when you analyze the history.bdnews24. do it from a genuinely neutral point. Reminding us of some part of history while bypassing some portion will not bring in a genuine closure.1952. 2013 at 6:19 pm Can you answer a simple question – can Bengalees ever be Muslims ? Reply 3. We need a ‘Truth Commission’ where all mistakes and lies by our leaders MUST BE ADMITTED. lutay putay khai’! This issue ONLY serves the ruling party and their sycophants. then be fair and bring closure to all atrocities committed against us since the birth of this country. 2013 at 12:27 pm Rabi bhai. Rabi.com/2013/03/16/language-mov. our oppositions have just joined in mimicking what Jamaat Shibbir utterly lies to the people. Reply Syed on March 27. can you please HONESTLY write a history of what went on during 1972-1975. if you wish to bring closure to 1971 atrocities. we will continue to run in circles of violence to which ‘our leaders’. Reply SAH on March 30. they MUST APOLOGIZE to this nation of their wrongdoings and lies thus far regardless what ideology they belong to. But unfortunately we are a nation where Truth Commission will not work – and that is the bitter truth. 2013 at 3:45 am Dear Syed one crime can not justify to do another. 1971. their sycophants and their foreign masters will be benefited and not us – the common people. history have not witnessed any success of their movements what you have religiously described. 2013 at 11:37 am Thank you very much for the thumbs down which reflects what we are as a nation! Mr. 9 of 19 Tuesday 14 May 2013 12:55 PM . argument and examples of what they used to during the critical movements of history to preach their heinous activities.

. JI on March 19. I would like to bring your attention to a blog. That’s the reason – I do not support these trials…as CRIMINALS CANNOT TRY OTHER (SUSPECTED) CRIMINALS…!!! Reply 7. who is helping spread falsehood regarding the war crimes tribunal and Jamaat leaders involvement in the atrocities in 1971. Since the whole trial is based on events that took place in 1971. “Bangladesh On the Brink”. Jamaat wants to keep their leaders/war criminals alive and turn Bangladesh into Afghanistan (that was Shibir’s slogan at one time). http://opinion. I find his attempt to dismiss the article’s main point (that Jamaat did exactly the same thing in 1971 when they were killing people) by saying today’s reality has nothing to do with the past rather curious. published on March 13. if I may coin such a word). However. thank you for this well-composed.1952. by Toby Cadman. Arshad would ask this question. Golam Arshad on March 19. Let TRUTH be the WINNER!! Reply 6. and Jamaat’s protests are about the trial. 10 of 19 Tuesday 14 May 2013 12:55 PM . Bgboy on March 19. And because there is no independence of the Justice System. for him to say it isn’t related to the past is a clever attempt to distract people from the evidenced-based history of Jamaat’s misdeeds and crimes presented in the article.bdnews24. I see zero effort on the part of the present Bangladesh government to counter these arguments. Zaki. Hasina wants to be reelected. The why is simple: Khaleda Zia wants to be the next PM. I would urge you to make attempts to publish this article in international media such as CNN and BBC. So I am rather surprised Mr. I have absolutely no sympathy for anyone under this trial. 2013 at 10:16 am So be it! My friend. 1971. Reply 5. why isn’t he sharing the big surprise with others? If he doesn’t know.com/2013/03/16/language-mov. As for the “BIG” surprise: If he knows. these judges are the puppets of the government who is as usual persuading their own agenda. a paid lawyer of Jamaat. then it is just bluster. he has to face the music irrespective of his Political or Religious affairs. the Government (of all political background) is Full of Criminals. Unfortunately in Bangladesh. 2013 at 9:48 am If anyone has committed a crime. the genocide and Shahbagh | Opinion Reply 4. and researchedbacked article. 2013 at 6:13 am The nation is indeed divided (or trivided. Abul Salauddin on March 19. I do agree with him that the author did a good job. Reply 8.. 2013 at 11:10 am Dear Mr. It is of utmost importance to do so to counter the pro-Jamaat propaganda machine in the international media.

2013 at 11:27 pm http://opinion.bdnews24. to the surface. Rabiul Hossain Zaki has been successful in his critical analysis of the nature and extent of this division in his seminal article. Shahbag has not divided the nation – it remained divided from many years before its very inception..com/2013/03/16/language-mov. Shahbag has only brought this division.. Tarin on March 17. the genocide and Shahbagh | Opinion Bari on March 18. 1971. refuse to file Twaki’s case due to political pressures and PROUDLY WATCHING THE CINEMA of BISWAJIT getting murdered! What else can we expect from the police force? Reply 10. truth has been winners in the past. Today’s reality is everything to do in the trail blazed happenings of our momentous past. Hopefully the recent incidents and the brutality of the Jamaat will instill some common sense on AL to solve this fiasco politically rather than using the police force one-handedly. I do not agree with Golam Arshad’s decoupling of present from the past. their revival and continued power and the failure of the incumbent government to think before acting instead of thinking after acting! West pakistanis were totally unaware of the Bengali alphabets. My friend today’s reality has nothing to do in the trail blazed happenings of the momentous past. weak resistance. Question NOW is who is DIVIDING OUR NATION and WHY? Tune in for BIGGER SURPRISE!! Good Job and Thank you. 2013 at 12:34 am Zaki: A very long dissertation signed and saluted to its coherent validity in retrospection of our GLORIOUS HISTORY. Therefore. and will be the winner in the future – no surprise in that too! Reply 9. Very few of them could speak and rarely write and read in Bengali. there exists no scope for speculations on questions like who is dividing our nation – we already know why we are divided and for what! Again. hitherto an undercurrent. Reply Leave a Reply Name(required) Mail (will not be published)(required) Website 11 of 19 Tuesday 14 May 2013 12:55 PM . The police force by all means have displayed their partisan political roles. Surely.1952. 2013 at 12:36 am A very objective and multiprismed piece of article which provides a picturesque description of the forces that played against the birth of Bangladesh. lack of punctuality and speed to protect innocent Muslims and minorities. negligence of duties. Golam Arshad on March 17. they could not have succeeded to perform their genocide without the help of their local patrons.

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