Ref: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday reaffirmed that there would be no let-up in the ongoing war crimes trial and that those opposing it would be dealt with under Sharia law, if need be.
“We know the alternative way if the limit is crossed. We know what we need to do. Action will be taken as per the Sharia law, if necessary. There is Qiyas (in the Islamic law),” she said at the beginning of the Awami League Central Working Committee at her official Ganabhaban residence.
Qiyas is used in Islamic law to deal with new situations as they arise.
Referring to the recent attacks on the police, she urged the opposition political parties including the Jamaat-e-Islami no to do so anymore.
“I urge all concerned including the Opposition Leader to refrain from carrying out such activities. The defeated forces (of the 1971 Liberation War) will not be allowed to play with the people’s fate,” she warned
“”You cannot stop the trial of the war criminals by (unleashing these acts of violence). You cannot save the war criminals. The trial has to be held. The more they step beyond the limit, the more quick the trial will be.”
Hasina, also the Awami League President, urged the people to remain alert to the ‘vested quarters’ who are out to disrupt the communal harmony in Bangladesh.
The meeting started around 6pm.
The activists of Jamaat and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir went berserk in the city’s Motijheel on Nov 5 torching seven motorcycles as police intercepted their procession. At least 100 people, including several policemen, were injured when the Jamaat adherents fought pitched battles with the law enforcers.
The Jamaat supporters have continued running riot since then, clashing with law enforcers in the capital and elsewhere across the country, apparently in their desperation for the release of their top detained leaders facing trial for allegedly committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.
This past Tuesday, the rampaging Jamaat-Shibir men attacked the motorcade of Law Minister Shafique Ahmed in the city’s Karwan Bazaar, injuring three policemen.
The ruling Awami League has been claiming since the beginning that the BNP incited Jamaat-Shibir to carry out recent acts of violence.