Pledge to bring war criminals to book
Freedom fighters from Pabna yesterday vowed to bring the war criminals to book, relieving the country of its 39-year-old stigma.
The vow came at a reunion of Pabna Muktijoddha Forum at LGED auditorium in the city.
The freedom fighters also demanded due respect, saying that they fought bravely for the country not for just a meagre monthly allowance.
The website of the forum was also inaugurated at the programme.
Abdur Rahman, a freedom fighter from Adharkotha said, "I would like to see my county accomplish two things before I die, one is bringing all the war criminals to book and eliminate poverty."
It is a disgrace that the war criminals are still at large, he added.
Md Jalal from Shojanagar said, “We get a meagre amount as monthly allowance for fighting for the liberation of this country. Beggars earn more than that. We did not fight for this.”
The allowance was Tk 600 monthly, which was recently increased up to Tk 2000 by the current government.
Speaking as the chief guest, Air Vice Marshal (retd) AK Khandaker Bir Uttam said, “All preparation for bringing the war criminals to book has been completed. When we will be able to accomplish this task properly only then we will gain our ultimate freedom and relieve ourselves of the shame.”
Brig Gen (retd) Gias Uddin A Chowdhury, commander of sub-sector 4, Prof Abu Sayeed, former information minister, Maj General (retd) Zia Ahmed, chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, and Advocate Kazi Sadrul Haque Sudha, convenor of the reunion committee, also spoke.