The Editors’ Council in Bangladesh has condemned the attack on Prof Muhammed Zafar Iqbal on Monday in a press release.
Signed by Mahfuz Anam, editor for the Daily Star and general secretary of the council, the press release has expressed grave concerns over the attack.
“Zafar Iqbal is a nationwide popular teacher and writer, as well as a talented scientist. He frequently writes columns in newspapers to superb public adulation. His writings and campaign for the Liberation War and punishment of the war criminals are also part of his contribution to Bangladesh. Because of his outspoken nature against militancy and forces against Liberation, he has received threats in the past. Zafar Iqbal has bravely disregarded each and every threat as he continued serving the country. To attack a person of his stature is to deprive the country of genius.
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“This is exactly what the Pakistanis tried to do in 1971. An attack on someone like Zafar Iqbal is an attack on every talented person in Bangladesh, every conscious person in Bangladesh. The Editors’ Council strongly condemns this action and expects a swift response from the state and the law enforcement. We hope they strongly combat the threat of militancy growing in the country. We also hope every citizen of Bangladesh can be reassured of their right to live safely in the country.”