No freedom fighter will be in Razakars list: PM

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Dhaka, December 18: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged the freedom fighters and their family members to show restraint and patience as her government has initiated scrutinizing the recently published Razakars list to rectify the mistakes.“No freedom fighters will remain in the list of Razakars. I want to say it clearly that no freedom fighter will be labelled as a Razakar.

It should not be happened. It is unbecoming. It will not happen anymore during the tenure of my government,” she said.

The Prime Minister said this while delivering her opening speech at the meeting of Bangladesh Awami League Central Working Committee at Ganabhaban here ahead of the National Council of Awami League slated for December 20-21.

She said it is a matter of regret that the freedom fighters, who have fought for the country, have been labelled as Razakars. “The people who got hurt should remain calm and show forgiveness”.

The premier went on saying that the names of freedom fighters could not be enlisted as Razakars.

It (the recently published list) can in no way be the list of Razakars,” said the Prime Minister adding that there are separate lists of Razakars, Al-Badr and Al-Shams which had been published in the gazette.

She said confusion has been raised over the publication of the list of Razakars as the list was not properly scrutinized and even the footnotes on the list were not reviewed properly.

During the regime of Pakistan, a list of terrorists had been prepared incorporating the names of many freedom fighters which had been used by military dictators Ziaur Rahman and HM Ershad, and even Khaleda Zia.

They even filed cases against the freedom fighters terming them as terrorists, she said.

The premier said confusion has been raised between the list of terrorists prepared during the Pakistani regime and the list of Razakars.

The PM said she earlier directed the Liberation War Affairs Ministry to publish the list after making a thorough scrutiny, without making any hurry.

But the ministry did it in a hurried manner ahead of the Victory Day, she said.