Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque yesterday said the government would recognise the contributions of Islamic scholars who played roles in freeing the nation in 1971.
He was addressing a reception ceremony at Dhaka Reporters Unity, organised for 13 Alem-Ulemas, eight of them dead, who contributed in the Liberation War.
The minister said the Awami League would never make any law going against Quran and Sunnah and accused Jamaat-e-Islami of trying to create controversy over this.
Jamaat is hatching a conspiracy to destroy the relations between Alem-Ulemas and the AL, said ruling party lawmaker RAM Ubaidul Muktadir Chowdhury.
He urged the Islamic scholars to encourage madrasa students to learn the true history of the Liberation War.
Maulana Ubaidur Rahman Khan Nadwi and Humayun Ayub, president and general secretary of Desh Adhyan Kendra, a research firm, which organised the reception, also spoke.
Addressing the programme, Islamic scholars urged the government to refrain from branding all Alem-Ulemas and madrasas as anti-liberation forces and militants.
Eight out of the 13 Alems who are dead are Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani, Maulana Abdur Rashid Tarkabagish, Muhammadullah Hafezji Huzur, Shaheed Maulana Oliur Rahman, Maulana Abdul Halim Hossaini, Maulana Qazi Mu'tasim Billah, Mufti Nurullah, and Maulana Emdadul Haque Araihazari.
The remaining five are Maulana Ubaidullah Bin Sayeed Jalalabadi, Maulana Abdullah Bin Sayeed Jalalabadi, Mohammad Siddiqur Rahman, Maulana Ishaq Obaidi, and Maulana Shihab Uddin. The former three were present at the ceremony.