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'Sedition charge for distorting Liberation War history'

Update : 03 Feb 2016, 01:07 PM

Sedition charge would be brought against those, who would distort the history of the 1971 Liberation War, said Awami League Publicity and Publication Secretary Dr Hasan Mahmud.

He said: “Each and every person, who will try to distort the history of our Liberation War, would face sedition charge. No matter how important they are, they will be brought under trial for hurting the national sentiment.”

The ruling party leader came up the assertion while addressing a discussion organised by Amra Nagarbasi at National Press Club on Wednesday.

Indicating the BNP leaders, especially the party chief Khaleda Zia, he further said: “None will be spared.”

Earlier on December 21 last year, Khaleda raised questions over the accuracy of the number of the 1971 Liberation War martyrs, claiming the official figure of 3 million was disputed.

During the nine-month war, about 3 million people were killed and 250,000 women were raped and tortured by the Pakistani forces and their local collaborators.

After the government's green signal on January 25, a sedition case was filed against Khaleda.

Referring to another comment recently made by BNP Standing Committee Member Goyeshwar Chandra Roy over the killing of the intellectuals, he said: “The controversial remarks of the BNP chief and her party men proved that they do not believe in the spirit of the Liberation War. Rather, they are Pakistan's faithful.”

In a flurry of outrageous remarks, BNP leader Goyeshwar on December 25 described the 1971 martyred intellectuals as "anti-liberation elements" who "died like fools" and drew salaries and allowances from Pakistan until the end of the war.

Supporting Khaleda, he also called upon the government to determine the "real" number of war dead.

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