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Minister: Pakistan POWs will face symbolic trial

Update : 18 Dec 2015, 12:22 PM

The 195 enlisted members of Pakistan army, who were prisoners of war and were handed over to the Pakistani authorities in accordance with the Simla Agreement signed by India, Bangladesh and Pakistan in 1974, would be tried symbolically, said Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan.

In that agreement, Pakistan assured trial of the 195 senior Pakistani army officials who committed crimes against humanity in Bangladesh during the 1971 Liberation War. But  it did not happen.

The minister called upon the Pakistan government to take immediate initiative in this regard in line with the agreement.

“Otherwise, a symbolic trial of those Pakistani criminals will be held on the Independence Day on March 26, 2016,” said Shajahan.

Read more: 14-Party demands trial of Pakistan army war criminals

He made the statement while addressing a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU) on Friday, reported BSS.

The press meet announced the formation of a 501-member International War Crimes Mass Trial Committee, which would build “a collaborators-free Bangladesh.”

Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan has been made convenor of the committee.

The joint conveners of the committee are--Journalist Abed Khan, Shirin Akter, MP, freedom fighter Alauddin Miah and Dhaka Union of Journalist (DUJ) general secretary Quddus Afrad.

Freedom fighter Osman Ali has been made its member secretary, while assistant member secretaries are actress Shomi Kaiser and journalist Anjan Roy.

The members of the committee are freedom fighters Abdul Maleq Mia and Kabir Ahmed Khan and actress Rokeya Prachi.

During the press meet, Shajahan Khan said: "We are determined to free Bangladesh from stigma and conspiracy by making the pro-liberation forces united through creating mass awakening and eliminating Jamaat-Shibir and all Pakistani collaborators."

"We are united to resist national and international war crimes as well as terrorism and militancy," he added.

Shajahan Khan also explained the 14 objectives and goals of the committee and announced its upcoming programmes.

The programmes include exchanging views with the people of all classes from 19-31 December, holding of a rally and mass procession at Motijheel Shapla Chattar on January 3, 2016.

The committee will also stage a mass sit-in programme in front of the Jatiya Press Club on January 6, the day the verdict of war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami would be pronounced.


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