'Our desire will be fulfilled as the present government has taken necessary initiatives'
National Professor, Anisuzzaman hoped that Bangladesh genocide on March 25, in 1971 will achieve recognition as the government is taking necessary steps in this regard.
UN Under-Secretary General and Special Adviser on Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng said the United Nations will raise the 1971 issue of the Pakistani genocide in Bangladesh at the international forum when he met Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office on Sunday.
“There is no issue of not giving recognition to genocide on March 25 night. Our desire will be fulfilled as the present government has taken necessary initiatives” said Anisuzzaman.
National Professor, Anisuzzaman came up with this remark while presiding over a discussion ceremony titled 'Genocide: Home of Bones' (Ganohotya: Harer ei Gharkhani) at the Bangla Academy on Monday.
The discussion was arranged marking independence and genocide day at the Rabindra Chattar near Bardhaman house of the academy where Anisuzzaman paid respects to the martyrs’ of the 1971 Liberation War.
President of the Bangladesh Asiatic Society also former Ducsu-VP Mahfuza Khanam said: “United Nations (UN) recognized December 9 as World Genocide Day. If we can’t recognize our March 25 as an international one, we have to take our historic sacrifice across the world.”
“The culprits who conducted the heinous massacre during 1971 have to be brought to justice. It is a tough task, but it can be achieved if everyone cooperates,” she added.
She further said: “We have divided our young generation into three sections in terms of the educational system (Science, Arts, and Commerce).
Rejecting Dr Qudrat-i-Khuda’s recommendations of a uniform educational method she said that youth’s cultural values were destroyed with the killing of Bangabandhu. After his tenure these norms and values aren’t growing among them.”
She recommended the inclusion of liberation war related lessons in textbooks.
Director General of the Bangla Academy Habibullah Sirajee delivered the welcome speech while, Md Saidur Rahman, Aroma Dutta MP, Zahid Reza Noor among others, spoke at the discussion.
‘We work to recognize 25 March as genocide day’
Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque said that the government is now working to generate public opinion diplomatically to recognize 25 March as international genocide day.
He made this remark while speaking as the chief guest at a seminar titled “Bloody March 25” at the National Museum auditorium in Shahbagh on Sunday.
“Bangladeshi diplomats failed to place the proposal of March 25, 1971’s genocide properly while United Nations (UN) decided to mark December 9 as international genocide day,” he said.
Our parliament declared the day as National Genocide Day in 2017, and now we are lobbying to recognize this day as world genocide day. We hope that we will be able to uphold Pakistan’s brutal mass killings.” Liberation war minister added.
Secretary to Liberation War ministry SM Arifur Rahman presided over the seminar while former shipping minister Shajahan Khan, Bir Pratik Kazi Sajjad Ali, DU VC Akhtaruzzaman among others, spoke at the seminar.