The minister made the remarks while addressing a discussion meeting at Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) in Dhaka on Saturday
“Communal and evil forces carried out the brutal killings in 1971. Ghosts of their collaborators still remain in Bangladesh,” Quader said.
“The followers of them (evil forces) are still alive on the soil of Bangladesh and nurturing Pakistani spirit,” he added.
The minister made the remarks while addressing a discussion meeting at Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) in Dhaka on Saturday, reports BSS.
Awami League organized the discussion titled "Tomader Ja Bolar Chhilo, Bolchhe Ta Aj Bangladesh," on the occasion of the Martyred Intellectuals’ Day with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Awami League Publicity and Publication Secretary, and Information Minister, Dr Hasan Mahmud, and Deputy Publicity and Publication Secretary Aminul Islam Amin conducted the discussion.
Urging the party leaders and activists to remain alert, Quader said: “They (evil forces) are hatching conspiracies. The patron of communalism (BNP) is patronizing them”.
“We should understand that if Bangabandhu’s daughter Sheikh Hasina did not come to power, what could have happened? Would it have been possible to carry out the trials of war criminals, killers of intellectuals and perpetrators of jail killing?” he asked.
Noting that Sheikh Hasina herself made the nation free from stigma, Quader said: “We should remember again and again that values and spirit of independence and the Liberation War are still alive because Sheikh Hasina is in power.
At the outset of the discussion, one minute silence was observed as a mark of profound respect for the memories of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and other martyrs of the August 15 carnage, four national leaders, martyrs of the Liberation War, and martyred intellectuals.
Awami League Advisory Council Member Amir Hossain Amu, Presidium members Begum Matia Chowdhury, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Advocate Abdul Matin Khasru and Dr Abdur Razzaque, Joint General Secretary Abdur Rahman, Liberation War Affairs Secretary Mrinal Kanti Das, Dhaka City South and North units’ presidents Abu Ahmed Mannafi and Sheikh Bazlur Rahman and martyred intellectual Altaf Mahmud’s daughter Shaon Mahmud, among others, took part in the discussion.