“Those who committed crimes against humanity like killing, genocide, loot, rape and arson in collaboration with the Pakistan occupation forces during the Liberation War will face the trial because it’s now the public demand, though a section is working against it,” he said.
The minister was speaking as the chief guest at the 8th international seminar titled ‘History and Heritage’ organised by Bangladesh Asiatic Society at its conference room.
Shafique said the trial of crimes against humanity will go on in its own way. “No obstruction can halt it. And this trial would be part of history.”
About Al Jazeera report on the trial, he said “I‘ve told Al Jazeera that the trial is not being held with any political or religious motive. Only those who committed crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War are being put in the dock.”
Asiatic Society president Prof Nazrul Islam, Academy of History president Prof Dr KM Mohsin and Executive Director Prof Samina Sultana were, among others, present at the seminar.