Our struggle for freedom was for our most fundamental cultural, economic and political rights. Pakistani rulers denied people of these rights, and the right of people to freely express themselves. Despite us now being an independent nation, this right is yet to be ensured. Without this right, there can be no real criticism in the hope of improving our condition.
People are afraid to express themselves because ordinary citizens, teachers, journalists and others have been arrested over allegations of defamations or for criticising the government. Such practices are not only contradictory to the principles of democracy, but they reek of authoritarian tendencies. In the month of our independence, I would like to draw the attention of lawmakers to abolish draconian laws and ensure freedom of expression for everyone.
Abul Khaer, Government Saadat College, Tangail