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21 February, 2017 11:00:22 AM
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Hasina slams Pakistan

PM reiterated her vow to declare March 25 as Genocide Day
Independent Online Desk
Hasina slams Pakistan

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday came down hard on Pakistan for spreading false and fabricated information about genocide during the Liberation War in 1971, reports UNB.

“Recently, it has been seen Pakistan’s conspiracy against Bangladesh is going on. They’ve published a book where they put captions under the pictures of genocide saying freedom fighters carried out those. This propaganda is not acceptable to anyone.” she said.

The Prime Minister was addressing a function marking the distribution of the Ekushey Padak, 2017 organised by Ministry of Cultural Affairs at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital.

A book titled ‘Creation of Bangladesh: Myths Exploded’ authored by Junaid Ahmad, published in Pakistan, has been handed over to Bangladesh High Commission in Pakistan where some false and fabricated information regarding genocide, number of martyrs, torture of women by the Pakistani army were mentioned.

Hasina reiterated her vow to declare March 25 as the Genocide Day in the country and pursue all to make the same internationally as Pakistan occupation forces on that day in 1971 carried out one of the worst genocides in history against the unarmed people of Bangladesh.

“I think, we’ll have to take March 25 as the Genocide Day and I also think we’ll have to try to get international recognition,” she said.

The Prime Minister also said BNP leader Khaleda Zia in recent past expressed doubt that whether three million people were not killed by the Pakistani force during the Liberation War. “This number is not right,” she quoted Khaleda Zia as saying.

“What can be more shameful than this… I don’t know whether there’s any link between the propaganda of Pakistan and the statement of Khaleda Zia,” she added.

The Prime Minister said there is no doubt about the genocide during the Liberation War and each family of the country is the victim of the genocide and everybody knows it very well that it was carried out by the Pakistani force. “Raising question about the genocide and number of the martyrs is very much disgraceful,” she said.

The Prime Minister urged everybody to remain alert so that no one can destroy the achievements and successes of the Bangalee people in all socio-economic sectors.

“As a nation, Bangalee people have earned everything in exchange of huge sacrifice and struggle. We have to hold up these achievements and remain careful so that no one can destroy these achievements,” she said. Congratulating the Ekushey Padak recipients, the Prime Minster hoped that the award would inspire the future generation to accomplish greater works for people who will learn from them and follow their footprint.UNB

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