has added a shameful chapter the history of liberation war:
I have already told you the names of those who have been charged
with sedition against the nation. Jahanara Imam is the mother of
a freedom fighter. She told her own son- "Go, I am sacrificing you
to the war." She sent her own son to war. She also lost her husband.
Jahanara Imam is unwell. Cancer is eating her up bit by bit. In
spite of her bad health she is going to the remotest regions that
are reverberating with the cries of millions of martyrs and violated
mothers and sisters. The nation cannot accept charges of sedition
against someone like her. I feel that by charging these people with
sedition the government has started a shameful chapter in the liberation
war history of free and sovereign Bangladesh.
Therefore, through you I am requesting the government to immediately
drop all charges against the members of the public tribunal. Instead
of charging war criminals, the government has charged freedom fighters.
We simply cannot accept such a move. I am presenting this as a proposal
today and I am submitting a copy of the proposal to you.
Opposition leader's recommendation in light of the discussion regarding
"I am calling upon the government, through you, to realize the judgement
of the people given on 26th March 1992 by forming a tribunal, according
to the International Crime Act '73, to legally address the crimes
committed by Pakistani citizen Golam Azam, an anti-liberation figure,
a war criminal, a mass murderer, a conspirator for East Pakistan
even after the independence of Bangladesh and perpetrator of illegal
methods of assuming power in this country. I am proposing that the
relevant ministry take immediate steps to indict Golam Azam and
his accomplices. At the same time, I am expressing my regret over
the insulting legal charges that have been brought against the conductors
of the Public Tribunal and requesting, through you, that those charges
be immediately dropped."
I hope there will be no more conflict of opinion regarding this
issue. There should be no doubt that trying the murderer Golam Azam
the only way we can pay our respects to the souls of the millions
of martyrs and to the honor of our violated mothers and sisters
and establish the goals and values of our liberation war.
With this hope, I thank you and end my speech.
Joy Bangla, Joy Bangabandhu.
to English by Iresh Zaker from the original Bangla text.)