'We’ll publish the list in the future after thorough scrutiny, and with cooperation from all quarters to contain the recurrence of errors'
A number of MPs criticized Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque on Thursday saying that he cannot avoid responsibility for publishing an error-ridden list of razakars (collaborators of Pakistani occupation forces).
“The Liberation War Affairs Ministry cannot directly say it has no responsibility (for publishing the faulty list of collaborators). It is the responsibility of this ministry to verify the list, no matter where it was collected from,” said ruling Awami League MP Mouazzam Hossain Ratan (Sunamganj-1).
He made the remark after taking floor to make a supplementary question to the Liberation War Affairs Minister, reports UNB.
Moreover, the MP said the government’s role is being questioned due to inconsistency in some cases regarding the list. “We, the pro-liberation force, were extremely hurt… even the names of some real razakars were not there in the list,” he added.
Ratan later questioned whether the list of authentic razakars would be disclosed before the next Independence Day, on March 26.
In reply, the minister said they withdrew the earlier list with regret as it contained errors.
“We’ll publish the list in the future after thorough scrutiny, and with cooperation from all quarters to contain the recurrence of errors,” said Mozammel Haque.
In his reply to a starred question from AL MP Md Faridul Haque Khan (Jamalpur-2), the minister said his ministry did not prepare the list of the collaborators as the Public Security Division of the Home Ministry sent it to his ministry, as per the requirement.
“The Liberation War Ministry published the list as it was. Since the Liberation War Affairs Ministry did not prepare the list, the Home Ministry can take action against anyone for negligence, if any, in this regard,” Mozammel said.
Another treasury bench MP, Major (retd) Rafiqul Islam, Bir Uttam said the minister will have to take responsibility since he published the list.
He said the minister could not collect the list of authentic collaborators yet.
“I think he won’t be able to do it either because I have been hearing the same words from him for the last five years,” said Rafiqul Islam.
Gono Forum MP Sultan Muhammed Mansur Ahmed (Moulvibazar-2), in his supplementary question, urged the minister not to divide the country in the Mujib Borsho by publishing the list of collaborators.
In reply, the Liberation War Affairs Minister said he did not get any question but an advice from Sultan Muhammed Mansur.
“I’ll consider his advice,” Mozammel added.