Consult constitution to avoid mistakes
Justice Mohammad Ghulam Rabbani yesterday called on all concerned including the chief adviser (CA) of the caretaker government to read the constitution at least for three times to avoid mistakes.
“Mistakes are being made in all activities of the government since it is not consulting the constitution. So I urge all including the chief adviser to read the constitution at least for three times before doing anything to avoid mistakes,” he said while presiding over a seminar.
The seminar titled 'Dialogue, reform, national unity and trial of war criminals' was organised by Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee at WVA auditorium in the city.
Journalist Shahriar Kabir, acting president of the committee, said the trial of war criminals has become a mass demand but no initiative has so far been taken for trying them.
He said the CA did not say anything about the trial in his televised address to the nation, and the issue is also ignored in the ongoing dialogue.
Neutrality of the government is now under question, he said, adding, the war criminals, fundamentalist groups and people appointed in the civil administration on partisan ground remain untouched.
“Free, neutral and acceptable election is not possible without eliminating the partisan people from the civil administration,” he said.
The government and political parties should reach consensus on the issues of war criminals' trial, women development policy and Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Treaty, he added.
Prof Ajoy Roy, president of Human Rights Congress for Bangladesh Minority, demanded ban on communal and religion-based politics.
He urged the political parties not to nominate any people involved in mass killing or war crimes.
Noted historian Prof Muntasir Mamun, also vice-president of the committee, said it is possible to try the war criminals if we boycott them in all sectors.
Ayesha Khanam, vice-president of the committee, said the government is playing a 'mysterious role' on women development issue.
It seems that the government is hostage to some fundamentalist groups, she added.
Committee Vice-presidents Shaheedjaya Shyamoli Nasrin Chowdhury and Ferdousi Priya Bhashini, and committee General Secretary Kazi Mukul also spoke.