Govt Seeks Public Support for WC Trials
Sunday, 18 July 2010

The ruling Awami League has decided to hold rallies across the country in a bid to obtain public support in favour of the trial of war criminals, Awami League general secretary Syed Ashraful Islam said on Saturday at a press briefing at the party's Dhanmondi office.

The decision was taken at Friday's Awami League central working committee meeting chaired by party chief Sheikh Hasina, he added.

"Awami League will hold rallies at both the division and district levels with a view to creating public opinion in favour of the trial of war criminals and strengthening the grand alliance to prevent all kinds of conspiracies for holding the trial."

Ashraf, who is also the local government minister, said that they would take the initiative for holding the rallies after Ramadan and Sheikh Hasina is set to be present at all the division-level rallies.

He said Friday's meeting also discussed the implementation of High Court verdict that declared the constitution's Fifth Amendment illegal.

Quoting the prime minister's speech, Islam said that they would soon form an all-party parliamentary committee to decide on how to proceed with the amendment.

"The committee will decide on how to revert back to the '72 constitution. It will also decide on the process to re-instate the constitution."

Replying to a query, Islam said that the all-party parliamentary committee would comprise of parliamentary representatives from all the political parties.

The prime minister on Friday also ordered authorities to take strict action against those involved in anti-law activities, no matter if they were from the Awami League, its associate organisations or the student organisation.

Friday's meeting also finalised programmes for the August 15, National Mourning Day, and for August 21 to mark the death of those who died in the 2004 grenade attack.

The party has taken a three-day programme to mark August 15, when all the party wings will bring out programmes that include lying wreaths on Bangladesh's founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman's graveyard and holding discussions.

On friday, Sheikh Hasina, president of the central working committee also formed 11 divisional sub-committees.

The sub-committees on finance, law, agriculture, relief, publicity, science, Liberation War, education, industry, culture and health will be headed respectively by Mashiur Rahman, Rezaur Rahman, Abdur Razzaque, Tofael Ahmed, HT Imam, Alauddin Ahmed, Shafiullah Biruttam, AK Azad Chowdhury, Kazi Akram Uddin Ahmed, Abdul Khaleq and Dr Abdul Mannan.


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