We may have a (un-civil) war on our hands after all. A truth and reconciliation commission would have been better, then again the 10x million Hindus who left their home-land for good would not be coming back. Since they dont have a champion (certainly not the secular camp) they deserve to be erased from our memories.
Bangladesh’s supreme court cleared the way on Thursday for the execution of an opposition leader convicted of war crimes when it rejected a last-minute appeal filed by his lawyers. The execution of Abdul Quader Mollah, which had been on hold since Tuesday night just before he was to be put to death, is likely to usher in a new wave of political violence ahead of national elections next month. His party, Jamaat-e-Islami, an ally of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, has warned of “dire consequences” if he is executed.
Mollah, 65, was convicted of war crimes committed during the nation’s war of independence against Pakistan in 1971. His lawyers tried to convince the Supreme Court, which began hearing the case on Wednesday, to throw out the sentence. “My client has been deprived of fair justice. But since the highest court has made the decision we have nothing more to say,” defence lawyer Khandaker Mahbub Hossain said.
Mollah would be the first person executed in special trials begun by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2010 of people suspected of crimes during the war of independence. The government says Pakistani soldiers, aided by local collaborators, killed 3 million people and raped 200,000 women during the nine-month war.
Asif Munier, son of a university teacher who was killed in 1971 for supporting independence, said he was happy with the decision. “Yes, we are happy because justice has been served … It’s not about any revenge but for justice,” Munier told Associated Press immediately after the decision came from the supreme court.