She also urged the aggrieved families of freedom fighters to see the matter with compassion and forgiveness
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged the freedom fighters and their families to show restraint and patience, as her government has moved to scrutinize the recently published list of 1971 collaborators of Pakistan occupation forces and rectify the mistakes.
She said on Wednesday that the name of no freedom fighter will be on that list. “I want to say unequivocally that no freedom fighter will be labelled as Razakar.
“It should not have happened. It is unbecoming. It won’t happen again at least during my tenure,” she said, adding that the list will be scrutinised further.
Hasina, also the Awami League president, made the remarks while delivering her opening speech at a meeting of the ruling party’s Central Working Committee at her official residence, Ganabhaban, in Dhaka, reports UNB.
She said it was a matter of regret that freedom fighters, who fought for the country during the nine-month-long Liberation War in 1971, have been labelled as Razakars. “I would like to tell those who got hurt to remain calm and show forgiveness.”
“They [freedom fighters] can never be on the list of Razakars… They can be rest assured,” she stressed.
The Liberation War Affairs Ministry on Sunday had published the first instalment of the list containing the names and addresses of 10,789 collaborators of Pakistan.
However, the list started drawing heavy criticism from the next day after it was found that the names of a number of freedom fighters and pro-liberation individuals, including many from even the Hindu community, were on it. People also protested in several districts since Monday.
The prime minister on Wednesday said the confusion was created as the Liberation War Affairs Ministry published the list on its website without properly scrutinising it or reviewing the footnotes, reports BSS.
She said she earlier had directed the ministry to publish the list following proper scrutiny, but the ministry released it in a hurry just a day before Victory Day, celebrated on December 16.
“It [list] is no way the list of Razakars,” she said, and added that there were separate lists of Razakars, Al-Badr and Al-Shams which had been published in the gazettes.
Hasina said a list of terrorists was prepared during the Pakistan period where the names of freedom fighters were incorporated. The governments of military dictators Ziaur Rahman and HM Ershad, and even Khaleda Zia had used the list.
They even filed cases against the freedom fighters terming them as terrorists, she added.
That has led to the confusion between the list of terrorists and the real list of Razakars, she said.