Bitter past revived: Labelled traitor, an MP reminisces

Published: December 19, 2010
Bangladesh’s legislator deals with charges of war crimes.

Bangladesh’s legislator deals with charges of war crimes.

ISLAMABAD: Top Bangladeshi politician and serving Member of Parliament Salauddin Quader Chowdhury has landed in hospital in a serious condition. He was reportedly beaten up after being arrested on charges of war crimes.

A strong opposition leader in Bangladesh, Chowdhury has always been suspected of being a ‘Pakistani agent’ in that country. He is also known to be a staunch anti-Indian lobbyist at the international level.

Chowdhury is the son of Fazalul Quader Chowdhury, a former speaker of the national assembly of undivided Pakistan in 1965. His father also served as acting president of Pakistan during the regime of former president General Ayub Khan.

Chowdhury studied at the Sadiq Public School (SPS), Bahawalpur, where his classmates were former Senate chairperson Mohammedmian Soomro, former federal minister Ishaq Khan Khakwani and former foreign minister Sadiq Khan Kanju. He sat his Senior Cambridge exams at the school in 1966.

Chowdhury was a university student when the 1971 war broke out and he went to London to attend the Lincoln’s Inn. Back at home, his father was picked up by Sheikh Mujibur Rehman’s Awami League government and eventually, he died in jail in 1973.

Khakwani, who was also his roommate at (SPS), was informed of his friend’s ordeal when Chowdhury’s daughter Farzeen called her father’s friends in Pakistan.

“Farzeen told me that her father had been forcibly taken from their house in Dhanmandi, Dhaka, by a large contingent of police,” Khakwani told The Express Tribune. “There were no warrants of arrest served.”

According to Chowdhury’s family, he was badly manhandled and his toenails were extracted. He had to be shifted to a hospital under the supervision of the Dhaka police.

A magistrate in Dhaka had given a five-day physical remand of the sitting parliamentarian, who was representing Chittagong for the seventh time. Chowdhury has held many positions in the Bangladeshi cabinet alongside General Irshad Hussein and Begum Khaleda Zia.

Even though Sheikh Mujib had badly treated his father, Chowdhury was visibly distressed when Mujib died. “I distinctly remember that when Mujib was killed in a coup by Bandladesh’s army, Chowdhury wept like a child for a long time and it took us a while to console him,” Khakwani recalls. “He forgot his father’s death, who Mujib had kept in jail despite knowing that he was a heart patient and a chronic patient of diabetes.”

Published in The Express Tribune, December 19th, 2010.

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  • Buspur
    Dec 19, 2010 - 12:27PM

    Nothing has changed in 60 years.The very problems haunt the masses today. Can anyone explain the ‘two nation theory’ in light of this particular incident. The seasoned journalist, poet and peace activist Faiz Ahmed Faiz in one of his poems ‘on return from Dhaka’ wrote.
    Hospitalities exchanged, yet we who strangers stay With how many encounters, shall amiability display?After how many rains, shall the blood stains fade?And when, in our sight, shall un spotted fields sway?Merciless were moments, that witnessed the end of pain,Benevolent nights brought in a cruel break of day.That which, …on your life, you determined to convey Unspoken on your lips, Faiz, the decided words lay-Faiz Ahmed FaizRecommend

  • notoracism
    Dec 19, 2010 - 2:42PM

    It refreshes my memories of Jamiat’s sathis in universies where I studied (BZU and PU). They used to do same tactics against dating bhonds. From Parliament to Universities, we have same way of punishing criminals in sub continent………..Recommend

  • Maulana Diesel
    Dec 19, 2010 - 6:18PM

    It is shameful that some officials in Bangladesh are more pro India than pro Bangladesh and the same people have brutally tortured an acting member of its National Assembly. The people of Pakistan are with you Salauddin Quadar Chawdhury!Recommend

  • qudrat ullah
    Dec 19, 2010 - 7:35PM

    Post independence Bangla Nationalism harbingered by Awami League is solely based on Pakistan Bashing and their tremendous hatred for Pakistan is the political power vis-à-vis Begum Khaleda Zia. India is the ultimate beneficiary of this situation as Pakistani policy makers have totally forgotten their once population wise major part. In this situation, Pakistani media and intellectuals have also failed to play their patriotic role in sensitizing the young Bengalis about Indian role and its extended foreign policy options. India is fast working for the Akhand Bharat and is striving to balkanize Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. It is pity to note that our media is oblivious to emerging pro-Indian trends in Subcontinent. India’s extended role in Afghanistan is a great threat to Pakistan and world peace. India is eagerly emerging as dominant regional power at the cost of Pakistan’s strategic interests in the region while our policy maker and establishment are caught napping. Our youth should wake up to work for the cherished goal of ‘Greater Pakistan’ comprising of present day Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh; this can be done by creating economic confederation of these countries and collectively utilizing national resources for the benefit of these countries.Recommend

  • Amjad Raja
    Dec 19, 2010 - 7:56PM

    It is shameful that some officials in Bangladesh are more pro India than pro Bangladesh and the same people have brutally tortured an acting member of its National Assembly. The people of Pakistan are with you Salauddin Quadar Chawdhury!Recommend

  • hassan
    Dec 19, 2010 - 8:05PM


  • Salman Raza
    Dec 19, 2010 - 8:20PM

    strong text

    The two nation theory has already been best explained over the years. In india itself why are there muslim mohallas and hindu localities? Why arent here no intermarraiges? In Mumbai (Bombay for saner ppl) why do housing societies in the 5 most posh areas do not admit muslims as tenants or homeowners? Why all “progressive” muslims need to have there Indian credentials scrutinzed all the time and need to have a “hindu” wife or mother to prove otherwise? The question will never end. The theory has fulfilled itself.Recommend

  • Ali Akbar Khan
    Dec 19, 2010 - 9:51PM

    As a proud Pakistani born in Lahore in 1989, I wish to remind readers of the true version of the events of 1971 as we have learned them from our textbooks in Pakistan. I am quoting verbatim:

    “Role of Hindu teachers

    A large number of Hindu teachers were teaching in the educational institutions in East Pakistan. They produced such literature which created negative thinking in the minds of Bengalis against the people of West Pakistan.

    International Conspiracies

    About 10 million Hindus were living in East Pakistan. India stood at the back of these Hindus to protect their interests. India wanted to separate East Pakistan to strengthen the economic position of the Hindus. Many Hindus acted as spies for India. Russia was against Pakistan because Pakistan had allowed America to establish military bases in Pakistan. On the other hand, America also wanted separation of East Pakistan. Under the circumstances Russia openly supported India’s aggression against Pakistan.”

    “Ultimately, the Martial Law authorities decided to use the armed forces. In the military operations, the armed volunteers of Jamaat-e-Islami also took part and used the occasion to settle old scores with their political opponents. As a result of military action, many workers of the Awami League fled to India and took refuge there. India trained and armed these workers and sent them back to East Pakistan to fight against the Pakistan Army. These armed volunteers of ‘Mukti Bahini’ continued their struggle and guerrilla activities. On December 3, 1971 the war between Pakistan and India began. Due to the lack of support of the local populace and the poor arrangements of supply of men and material, Pakistani solders (sic) surrender before the Indian army on December 16, 1971 whereas the ceasefire on West Pakistan front was declared without launching a significant attack. On December 16, 1971 East Pakistan became an independent and free state of Bangladesh.”Recommend

  • Ajay Mittal
    Dec 19, 2010 - 9:53PM


    The 2 nation theory was proven failed long time ago by Pakistan itself by different sects o Muslims killing each other, showing intoleance and inequal allocation of resources and rights. Today the failure is written all over Pakistan and eveyr Pakistani is realizing. India also proved it by showing the success of its secular stands. The examples you have given show the imperfections in human nature, but they are few. The integrated localities are also there. Islam is quite different from all other religions…it does create attitudes that are markedly different.

    I am surprised that this Saldin Qader Chowdhary was tolerated for so long in the New Bagladesh. He shoudl have moved to Pakistan if his loyalties lay there. It seem he is working against the national interests of Bangla Desh. nation.

    There is no concept of Ummah, only nations. Pakistan proved that. Arbas proved that. So Muslims need to choose which nation they belong.Recommend

  • Romm
    Dec 20, 2010 - 12:44AM

    its beginning of End of Bangla Nationalism! Very Sad Episode!Recommend

  • acenith harper
    Dec 20, 2010 - 12:57AM

    salauddin quader chowdhury is despised by the awami league government which takes dictation from india . His father fazlul quader chowdhury was imprisoned and poisoned in jail . They are torturing him at the behest of the indians who consider him and his father before him as pro pakistan and a thorn in their side . the family of fazlul quader chowdhury suffers for being friends of pakistan . . Media in pakistan please support this man ! he is innocent , is being framed and his only crime is being the son of fazlul quader chowdhury .
    God keep you safe salauddin chowdhury ! THE PRAYERS OF PAKISTANIS ARE WITH YOU Recommend

  • acenith harper
    Dec 20, 2010 - 1:12AM

    thankyou mr kalasra for this news report . mr chowdhury is being subjected to repeated torture by the police , hit on the head till his nose and ears bled , ankles broken ,toenails extracted ! The agencies conducting his interrogation are animals for this is unpardonable behavior by any standards ! His crime? being the son of a man who didnt believe in dividing the nation and who paid for it by being jailed and poisoned to death . Now they want to kill his son too ? THE press in pakistan should report the ordeal rhis poor man is going thru and stand by him any way they can ! our prayers are with you salauddin quader chowdhury !Recommend

  • Raqib Ali
    Dec 20, 2010 - 1:48AM

    That is simply a case of torture and inhuman treatment.

    I am sure that the souls of victims of 1971 would be turning in their graves as another injustice is being done in their names!Recommend

  • Raqib Ali
    Dec 20, 2010 - 1:50AM

    Two nation theory? That is a reality even in London!Recommend

  • sammy
    Dec 20, 2010 - 3:22AM

    mr ajay mittal ,mr chowdhury is a patriotic bangladeshi ! the rumors and fabricated stories spread by the awami league and its masters the indians against the man is pathetic ,an attempt to silence his voice , he stands for justice and democeacy . Oly the cowards use torture as a weapon ! shame shame on them !Recommend

  • Yasir
    Dec 20, 2010 - 5:37AM

    Chowdhury has held many positions in
    the Bangladeshi cabinet alongside
    General Irshad Hussein and Begum
    Khaleda Zia.

    The last Begum Zia government era was quite a bloody one with religious fanatic given a free hand. Chowdhury did not see any problem association with that government? Is it a case of what goes round comes round? Not that either is right.Recommend

  • Romm
    Dec 20, 2010 - 10:53AM

    Raqib, I agree wid u. Have stayed in London for three years and my Thinking at the end of my stay was same as yours. We are entirely Different from Indies. Outlook, physique, approach towards life and Religion. Muslims from India, sounded Confused whether they shud behave like us or Indians. They told us many times that they did not enjoy Equal Status in India. To my surprise, even Intellectual muslim Indians could not buy or reside in posch areas of big indian citiesRecommend

  • Tony Singh
    Dec 20, 2010 - 1:54PM

    @Ali Akbar Khan
    Do not just quote from doctored textbooks. You have the net. Why do not just google independent sources and get the real picture. Even an article published by ET a couple of days ago had refuted everything you have quoted. Just being anti- India will not make you true Pakistani. An indepth understanding of the events leading to 1971 and the ability not to repeat them will definitely make you one.Recommend

  • vasan
    Dec 20, 2010 - 5:04PM

    Ali Akbar Khan. If what you have read is what is taught in Pakistan, it is no surprise your country is full of denialists and conspiracy theorists. Why dont u read , for a change, history from other sources other than India and Pakistan. Read from the web and decide for yourself how good your historians areRecommend

  • Romm
    Dec 20, 2010 - 7:37PM

    Mr Singh/King
    Have u read any Pakistani Text book? I am sure u haven’t! Buggy, u sound like Rattler.Recommend

  • Ahmed Orko
    Dec 20, 2010 - 9:48PM

    There seems to be a lot of opinion from people who knows next to nothing about the political situation of Bangladesh and are not even remotely related with Bangladesh in any way. I am a Bangladeshi, let me put my two cents in. S.Q. Chowdhury is a renowned war criminal. He was personally responsible for the killing of over a hundred people, mostly hindus. The atrocious tales of the deeds of him and his father during the 9 months of our liberation war is well known and well documented. At long last he is being brought to book and it is a matter of great national pride.

    As for our ‘Pakistani brothers’, keep on reading your text books and believing in fairy tales how the division of pakistan was caused by India. Bangladesh came into being because we, the Bangladeshis wanted it. You killed three million of my countrymen in 9 months. That is the fact. Talk to any sane Bangladeshi youth, and you’ll get a clear image of what we think of Pakistan.

    No, I am not a fanboy of India. Indian aggressive border tactics, economic oppression and diplomatic arrogance has not gone unnoticed in Bangladesh. We are as cautious of India as any small economy would be in the shadow of a mega-economy such as India. This is not a India vs. Pakistan thing, we are a separate entity and have been for the last 40 years and as far as Pakistan is concerned it will remain our enemy as long as it doesn’t apologize for the atrocities of 1971. There is no ‘greater muslim brotherhood’ here. Grow up and realize that. The few mullahs and turncoats from our country that gives you a different impression are fringe elements. Get the vibe of the mainstream, and the fact of the matter will come out. You’ve lived in ignorance long enough, focus on apologizing and then, maybe, just maybe, there might be a different scenario in the future regarding the opinion of the common people of Bangladesh about Pakistan. For the present,the term ‘Pakistani’ remains synonymous with aggressors and murderers in our mind.

    Khuda Hafez.Recommend

  • Romm
    Dec 20, 2010 - 11:41PM

    We feel sorry for Atrocities committed by PAK Army but Does this Justify torture by Bangladesh Government Agencies which is immoral and Illegal by all Standard. If he is War criminal, he should be Tried in Court of Law. Torture is the worst kind of Human Crime.
    Violence breeds Violence!Recommend

  • Yasir
    Dec 21, 2010 - 1:08AM

    @Romm: Were Pak Army officials involved in atrocities tried in court? Funny you don’t demand that but your heart bleeds for a “pro-Pakistan” war criminal. Recommend

  • Shimul Hasan
    Dec 21, 2010 - 4:42AM

    The truth is that Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury is a war criminal of Bangladesh. Itis not true that he was not in Bangladesh during 1971. He killed many citizens and hide himself after liberation. After the tragic death of Bangabandhu Shiekh Mujib in 1975, religious politics come back in Bangladesh beneath the martial law of Ziaur Rahman. And then not only Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury, but other fundamentalists and anti-liberation culprits raise their face in political arena of Bangladesh. Now, the time for war crimes trial, international crimes trial in Bangladesh, and it was an agenda in last election of Bangladesh at 2008. So, it dosen’t matter how many times Saka Chowdhury (it is the public name of Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury) won in election, main word is he is a war criminal, international criminal. And so It’s not surprising that his daughter has been communicating with their pakistani friends.Recommend

  • Ahmed+Orko
    Dec 21, 2010 - 6:47AM

    @Romm: No matter how much we pretend that we are a civilized species, the ugly but ubiquitous truth is that we are animals in our nature. American army will continue to torture prisoners, Indian army will continue to torture Kashmiris, Pakistani Army will continue to torture anybody they can lay their hands on. Police remand is just that, you extract information from someone who is a hardened criminal through torture. Not that I support it, but it’s here to stay, at least for many more years to come.

    And when the person facing that torture is someone like S.Q. Chowdhury, it doesn’t seem a big case for regret. The relatives of the people he killed are still present, it is they who lodged the war crime complaints against him. He is a renowned crime syndicate boss, a war criminal with the blood of hundreds if not thousands in his hand. He and his father used to tortured our freedom fighters and burn them to death in their brick fields. Sounds fictitious? People who have seen his activities with their own eyes, victims of his torture are still alive to this day. As for the misinformation provided by this article, how he was in London in 1971, the reporter is completely mistaken. He might’ve been enrolled in London at the time but he was physically present in Bangladesh.

    Even after the liberation, years later when he got into politics, he was a constant menace. A usurper of public funds, crime lord, murderer (please don’t take my word for it, google his deeds yourselves, only make sure that the source is neutral, look for Bangladeshi news material). He is also infamous as the one of the foulest mouths in local politics. The kind of language he uses in front of the media addressing opposition leaders, leaves a lot of questions open regarding his breeding (although, considering the mass murderer that his father was, it probably is a natural outcome).

    Gauge the vibe of the Bangladeshi people, we are very happy that S.Q. is finally being put to trial.Recommend

  • Ahmed Orko
    Dec 21, 2010 - 7:46AM

    Anyone interested in the truth, may browse this and get clear picture. NO, this is not a site funded by India. Developed, maintained and archived by Bangladeshi volunteers. When you see the term ‘Rajakar/Razakar’ and go through their activities, you’ll know what S.Q. Chowdhury was.

  • Waqas
    Dec 21, 2010 - 12:00PM

    I would agree with Indians on the two-nation theory being outdated.
    The new version is called ’20 nation theory’, with all nations getting a their own slice of India.

    Hindu vs Muslims
    Hindu vs Christians
    Hindu vs Sikhs
    Hindu vs Buddhists
    Brahmans vs dalits
    Kashmiris vs Govt of India
    Naxals vs Govt of India
    Filthy richest vs 80% poor
    and the list goes on….

    You guys are absolutely right, the two nation theory does not take into account all of the above, we need its version 2.0 :-)
    Nice work guys, with the pace you’re working soon it will require a 100 nation theory in a few years, Bravo. Recommend

  • Romm
    Dec 21, 2010 - 12:07PM

    I say again We feel sorry for killings of Innocent Bengalis and Nawaz Sharif officially apologized for Crimes committed by Forces. If you treat the alleged war Criminal, criminally without giving him right of Defence, this wud be wrong by all Standards. Does two Wrongs make one good? Bengalis by all means are civilized nation and everyone expects Civility from Decent people! .Recommend

  • Tony+Singh
    Dec 21, 2010 - 12:40PM

    First read Ali Akbar comment before shooting off. He has written that he is quoting from Pakistani textbook Verbatim. Simply do not try to degrade others. And yes I am King. Any problems there?Recommend

  • Tony+Singh
    Dec 21, 2010 - 12:44PM

    And Pakistan Muslim Vs All the restRecommend

  • vasan
    Dec 21, 2010 - 2:57PM

    Two nation theory is very much outdated. The Americans are redrawing the middle east map incl Pakistan creating a country for each terrorist group incl reduced Punjab, Sindustan and ofcourse Pashtunistan. Wonder when it will come into reality. The current Pakistani population will be offered a “Green” card , literally, to live where they want except to the east of their border. People in Pakistan will still be in denialist mode and dreaming India will disintegrate. Poor souls.Recommend

  • Dec 21, 2010 - 4:50PM

    mr orko the arrest of mr chowdhury is not something to be proud of ,rather its shameful ! torture is shameful an act ! your thinking is typical awami league , indian inspired rubbish !!
    salauddin chowdhury stands tall !Recommend

  • Farzeen
    Dec 21, 2010 - 6:06PM

    My question is if It is so evident that Sqc is a murderer, rapist, traitor, then why have the Bangladeshi’s voted him into the parliament for 32 years? Is Bangladesh not a democratic country? Is mr Chowdhury that powerful and awami leaguer and the patriots so helpless that they keep voting him in? If he was a traitor then are the voters, bangladeshi’s blind or just plain ignorant?
    There must be some reason why mr Chowdhury has never lost an election.Is Pakistan still in power in Bangladesh ?! Funny how eveyone seems to think all banagalis are fools and don’t lnow the truth. Awami league envies this man and the respect the peop le have for him; they out to destroy him. Humiliate him by torturing him on public so he never comes back to trample their dreams of becoming an extension of Indian power.
    Sqc is a man who despite being the son of a Muslim leaguer ‘razakar’ as they call him, fought his way in to not only the parliament but into the hearts of the people.
    He is a man India feels threatened by, anyone know why?
    May Allah give him courage and the strength to survive this atrocity. Ameen Recommend

  • Farzeen
    Dec 21, 2010 - 6:12PM

    Bangladesh claims to be a civilzed democratic nation, do people not have faith in their own legal system? Why go to such barbaric extremes if they plan on putting him on trial and convicting him?
    Innocent untill proven guilty.
    Or is it the other way round in Bangladesh?Recommend

  • Romm
    Dec 21, 2010 - 6:20PM

    when pakistan will be Re-maped, that wud be Doomsdays for Delhi , Calcutta, Bangalore, Banaras and many more. And I am Sure u know, how can we manage that! U indies need to talk sense and Behave sensibly otherwise South Asia shall be the graveyard of Future generations of India and Pakistan Both.Recommend

  • acenith harper
    Dec 21, 2010 - 9:42PM

    mr shimul hasan salauddins daughter has been in touch with his friends in pakistan becoz he went to school here and has kept in touch with his classmates . The behavior of ur law enforcement is shameful ! torture in this day and age?? let him stand trial , in civilized countries we dont torture a man even when proven guilt ! mr chowdhury has been accused , he is innocent till proven guilty and after the way he has been treated ,i doubt he will get justice! TORTURE IS A TOOL TO SILENCE JUSTICE !Recommend

  • acenith+harper
    Dec 21, 2010 - 9:47PM

    reading the views of some makes me sick !! justifying torture?! salauddin chowdhury has been elected every election , the people have faith in him ! god give him strength for he is facing enemies and a judiciary thats seemingly too scared to stand up for justice !Recommend

  • Ahmed Orko
    Dec 21, 2010 - 9:47PM

    @Farzeen: SQC has not been elected into his electorate for 32 years. Ignorant comment. There has only been four proper democratic elections in Bangladesh and that in the last 20 years. After the liberation war he had to flee the country to save his life because of his war crimes. It is well documented.

    Bangladesh is not perfect. Which country is? There are leftover anti-liberation factions in my country, to my great shame I have to admit that. SQC’s electorate is a stronghold for such elements and that’s how he won the election twice. Also, he has a armed private army of thugs which controls every crime syndicate in that area. It is easy for him to manipulate voters and browbeat them into voting for him. The fact is, now that he is being brought to justice, we, the Bangladeshis are overwhelmingly supporting it.

    He has often boasted publicly in the media that no one would dare come forward with his war crimes. “There are no war criminals in Bangladesh. Even if some misguided factions of the society wants to go to the law against me, they know very well what will happen to them.” A couple of years back, that’s how he responded to the questions of the media regarding his war crimes. Imagine the arrogance. That sounds like something from a very noble upstanding person, doesn’t it?

    And let’s not be idiots, the only reasons Pakistanis are arguing for him, raising him up to such high standards is that because he was a Pakistani wartime collaborator, no other reason. Thousands of people are taken into police remand every year in Bangladesh. Millions are tortured all over the world. Why the sudden interest in this one particular Bangladeshi? Oh, yes, because our Pakistani brothers are so concerned about the well being and human rights situation in Bangladesh. Please, don’t insult our intelligence.

    Oh by the way, go browse the Bangladeshi newspapers today, Photos of SQC are there. He doesn’t seem to be missing any toenails. The detective branch of the police denies putting him through any tortures. The whole thing is probably another fabrication from the foul mouthed master of misinformation.

    SQC is a war criminal, murderer and rapist. This is not a fabrication of the Indian media, this is not an Awami propaganda. These are facts. His victims are lining up to testify. By the way, just because of harboring war criminals like SQC and the Jamaat-i-islam hierarchy, the BNP suffered the most shameful defeat in the last election, from the ruling party becoming the number three party in the country, securing less seats than Jatiyo party even. The tides are changing, although it has taken a while, the people are no longer willing to simply gloss over the misdeeds of these criminals.

    A chronicle of brutality of SQC, go through it if you still think he is some kind of a stalwart for freedom and a hero.

  • acenith+harper
    Dec 21, 2010 - 9:54PM

    dhaka needs a justice iftikhar chowdhury !! thank god for free and fair judiciary in pakistan ! the pictures of salauddin quader chowdhury , bleeding and unable to walk , police carrying him into court ! where s the legal system in bangladesh ? a man is arrested without an arrest warrant , tortured and dragged to court ! good lord !!! he hasnt been found guilty of any crime ! hearsay is not presentable evidence in courts of civilized countries !Recommend

  • Ahmed Orko
    Dec 21, 2010 - 10:02PM

    @Romm: One last word. You have some gap in your information. No Pakistani government, till date has ever apologized officially to Bangladesh for it’s crimes. Not one. There has been apologies from civil segments and individual attempts by people like Hameed Mir, but that is it. The mass murdering army officers are still living in peace or have died naturally. I am not that big a fool to think that anything will ever happen to them. They are your national heroes.

    Just think about this, it took Hitler, with all his resources, SS troopers, Gas vaults and Dr Deaths, 8-10 years (the holocaust began way before the second world war) to kill 6 million Jews. With only bullets and bayonets and accomplices like SQC, Yahya Khan and the Pak army killed of 3 million Bangladeshis in only nine months. Bravo.

    Oh, let’s not argue about the number, we all know the official Pakistani count by the Hamudur Rahman commission: 26,000! What a joke! Even the US media put the figure of people killed only at Dhaka city some where between 50,000 – 100,000! Please do not insult our martyrs further by the fake show of concern about the well being and the human rights situation in Bangladesh.The impression that I get from international media is that Pakistan has more than enough of its own share of problems. Go focus on those.

    Khuda HafezRecommend

  • Romm
    Dec 21, 2010 - 11:43PM

    One thing am sure of is that Nawaz Sharif definitely apologisgised for war crimes. I myself saw him on TV. As far, Bangladesh is concerned, we are least interested in internal politics of Bangladesh. End!Recommend

  • acenith
    Dec 21, 2010 - 11:53PM

    mr ahmed orko pakistan has many problems but we dont torture our citizens ! we are proud of our judiciary and our free media . hamid mir and every journalist can express his/ her thoughts freely and without fear . bangladesh should learn to do the same ! good lord man u think it strange if salauddins daughter calls his friends in pakistan ? last i checked that was not a crime ! how narrow minded r u ? just the word pakistan bothers you ! then dont read or write in our press ! stay with delhi papers !! salauddin qc is in our prayers !Recommend

  • acenith
    Dec 21, 2010 - 11:56PM

    and mr ahmed orko there is a difference between evidence and hearsay !! no evidence worth a penny has been collected against this man ! HEARSAY HEARSAY HEARSAY ! SHAME !Recommend

  • acenith
    Dec 21, 2010 - 11:59PM

    mr ahmed orko sqc is not a murderer or a rapist .! he is an educated ,intelligent human being ! and the reason the BNP lost last elections was that AL cut a deal with gen moeen !! PLEASE get ur facts in order !Recommend

  • acenith
    Dec 22, 2010 - 12:02AM

    if dhaka is so sure of his guilt then have a open , straight forward trial ! torture my friend is used when there are NO FACTS OR FIGURES TO SUPPORT UR CASE !Recommend

  • Rajkumari
    Dec 22, 2010 - 11:37PM

    Orko, thanks very much for clarifying the SQC facts. And you, my Pakistani brothers, you couldn’t be more right about Bangladesh Judicial system. Yes, a major part of it is faulty and weak and full-of-blunder when it comes to serving justice. And that’s why, for the last 39 damn long years we couldn’t give SQC what he deserves as a heinous war criminal, a corrupted mainstream politician who owns a huge paid clan of thugs.
    If I were the offspring of that gentleman, I would have prayed to Allah for his redemption and salvation; I would not go to PAKISTANI allies for his rescue.
    You commit crimes, you suffer and pay the price. SIMPLE. Recommend

  • Nafiz+Ahmed
    Dec 23, 2010 - 2:59AM

    Wow, I just read the whole story also the comments. Man……..people got so crazy here…..Some Paki people who doesnot have any idea about who is their Prime minister, arguing for a mass murderer…What the hell in the world is going on??? I dont understand one thing, do u guys really know who that SQC is??
    My hats off for ‘Orko ahmed’. Listen Buddy(Orko ahmed), i prefer you should not talk to those who doesnt have any idea about our liberation war, and those stands for the criminals and talks about humanity and justice for SQC….and buddy listen thats my advice to you dont argue with those people who has borned from SQC’s nasty sperm. they are not gonna listen to you and gonna keep arguing cuz they got the same GENE.
    I really appreciate your comments (Orko). you know wat, Pakistan was always a banana country, is a banana counrty and will be a banana country forever. just look at their situation, they have al-qaeda all over their country and everyone knows that. why they poke their nose to others????

    one more thing: Farzeen look at one thing….only paki’s are supporting that war criminal (RAJAKAR)SQC….so far i havent seen anyone(Bangladeshi) supporting him even in our bengali blogs, newspapers, media we r all against that guy….so figure it out…use your brain. i think one day you will get it.
    Thank you none but Orko ahmed.
    And I am proud to be a bangladeshi…Recommend

  • outsider
    Dec 23, 2010 - 3:25AM

    ok, i can see a lot of sympathy’s flying around for mr sqc from people of pakistan.
    i just have a simple question. is this sympathy because of the reason that he was a collaborator in 1971 and still bears love for pakistan in his mind?
    Because i dont see any other reason for why suddenly they become interested in human rights condition in bangladesh , who as a nation dont seem to hold a very good record at human rightsRecommend

  • Watch Dog
    Dec 23, 2010 - 5:16PM

    Innocent until proven guilty…

    Torture on anyone in police custody must not be tolerated at any cost.Recommend

  • WatchDog
    Dec 23, 2010 - 5:57PM

    Judiciary is the most corrupt service sector, says a Transparency International, Bangladesh (TIB) household survey report, according to’s report today (Dec 23, 2010).

    The Berlin-based corruption watchdog in its report ‘Corruption in Service Sectors: National Household Survey 2010’ says among the judiciary, the High Court is where exchange of kickback takes place the most.

    TIB executive director Iftekharuzzaman revealed the report at a roundtable held at the auditorium of Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS), Dhaka on Thursday.

    The survey was conducted on 6,000 households in 64 districts from June 2009-May 2010.

    The report says, 88 percent households of the country have been victims to judicial corruption while 79.7 percent have suffered due to corruption in other law-enforcing agencies.

    Besides, 71.2 percent households have suffered due to corruption in land administration, 51.3 percent for taxation and value added tax (VAT) while 45.9 percent have suffered for corruption in power sector.

    Each of the household paid Tk 7,918 in bribes on average to the judiciary, a bigger chunk of which goes to the High Court.

    The report says 73.6 percent households give bribes to the High Court, 58.9 percent to the Magistrate’s Court and 58.4 percent exchange bribes at the Judge’s Court.

    Of them, each household provides Tk 12,761 on average to the High Court, Tk 6,598 to the Magistrate’s Court and Tk 6,178 to the Judge’s Court.Recommend

  • Ashiq
    Dec 23, 2010 - 8:32PM

    It is saka’s good luck that Bangladesh took around four decades to bring war criminal like saka to justice otherwise he would not escape this long.I am a proud Bangladeshi and if any one, like saka did, try to humiliate my country I would not tolerate that.I also salute Ahmed Orko for clearing this issue to Pakistani people and journalist.Allah Hafiz.Recommend

  • TheOTherside
    Dec 23, 2010 - 8:38PM

    What is a traitor ? depends on who side you are on….?
    Were you an Indian collaborator or a Pakistani collaborator….? you can be called a traitir to the other side… The problem is not simple as it seems my naive friends…. Atleast SQC has the conviction to be on one side….YOU have to grant him thta. Respect that despite everything else hefelyt deeply for Pakistan, a lt of people gave their lives for teh first partition!!! India rules BD and from that perspective Haseena and Mujib are both Indian collaborators… No doubt Pakistanis’ , west pakistani made some horribel unforgivable mistakes….. but there is not reason to doubt the BD and Pakistan need have been manipulated by a third country…It was a shameful time for all the muslims of the Subcontinent… BUT it is time to move on, and do things for BD, and continue the personal vendetta between the two ladies…. It has nthing to do with SQC past alliance that was a dark chapter,, we ar enow 40 years past that… BD can be a model nation provided soem takes leadership and that is not the two women who are incompitent and lack the intellect. These charges are a ruse to leverage political capital against SQC.Recommend

  • WatchDog
    Dec 23, 2010 - 11:24PM

    @ Rajkumari & Orko, it really sounds funny that while you are trying to defend the judiciary system of Bangladesh, Transparency International, Bangladesh reports that it is the judiciary system of the country that is the most corrupt among all sectors in public service. The TIB also reports that it’s the High Court that receives the major share of the bribes!
    It’s just not that organization (TIB) only, even the Anti Corruption Commission chief, Mr. Golam Rahman, is also endorsing this!
    This has been reported in; and perhaps you should get a little more literate about your own country my friends?

    All these farce going on about making the constitution secular? Perhaps when the home minister runs a brothel, we should not be surprised to see that the government resists Islam by all means! The newspaper also says that the Home Minister herself used to live in the ground floor of that brothel, which is now being run by her brother!

    And how can one expect a fair trail in you country my friends? Just the other day one of your most read dailies reported police charging one political leader of a crime happening in November while the accused has been in police custody since August!

    Under these circumstances, it is no surprise that Mr. Chowdhury is accused or war crimes and being tortured unthinkably by police!

    His only crime is that he is a very popular and Islam-minded honest leader who stood against the Awami Government and denied to be ruled by India!

    A very time for the Muslim world!Recommend

  • Matir Manush
    Dec 24, 2010 - 4:02AM

    Yes, the judiciary system of Bangladesh is not good enough.
    Saka should be hanged long before 2010 — This criminal is making law for 3 decades in Bangladesh parliament — he won all the elections because a large number of the voters of his areas could not vote under the threat of his armed cadres
    He is alive until 2010 – this is the best proof of a weak judiciary system of Bangladesh. Recommend

  • Romm
    Dec 25, 2010 - 4:26AM

    If Most important pillar of state i.e. judiciary is Corrupt, does not that speak the weakness on ur part as a nation? We despite all the Hardships hav given birth to a very honest higher Judiciary. Why could nt u manage that? I think the only reason is that u r still preoccupied with Past Vendettas. U need to behave sensibly and learn Lesson from south Africans who despite paste bitterness are moving forward and Building a great NationRecommend

  • Dec 25, 2010 - 4:20PM

    All people supporting SQC are singing same song about corruption and judiciary in Bangladesh. I think they are forgetting this person has been arrested for war crime and anti-humanity crimes. There is still an investigation agency who are judging this. If you are regular audience of media you can see that they already have evidence. On this basis the special tribunal has alloted arrest warrant. So if you have points towards this, come to court and show them and then you can comment about the judiciary if your valid points are turned down.

    Now come to the point of torturing — the police and army system were part of the legacy of pakistan machine! When JMB activities and RAB crossfire and killing of judges and killing of freedom fighter went unpunished in BNP-JAMAT reign in Bangladesh, I can’t recall any pakistani newspaper talked for those! Now you people are shouting cause SQC supported genocide done by your army at 1971!!! Now you are singing song of humanity cause if SQC admit his crime, your nation will also be accused.

    Where at least 20-30 innocent people are dying in bomb-blast everyday and there is no legal movement, before preaching humanity to other countries —- you better OIL YOUR OWN MACHINE!Recommend

  • Bulbu
    Dec 25, 2010 - 5:37PM

    Fakistan is very good…Recommend

  • read
    Dec 27, 2010 - 12:26AM

    hi..friends i am from bangladesh….here is a link hope u will get some answer about 1971 liberation war in Bangladesh…….just justify the facts………….

  • Shegufta Hasnine
    Dec 27, 2010 - 8:52PM

    I understand Farzeen’s woes. I would stand by my father’s side even if the world were against him. But the world probably would not spare him, as we shall not spare SQ.

    If this government fails to end his trial before its term we will never forgive it.Recommend

  • Ali Akbar Khan
    Dec 28, 2010 - 11:23PM

    The Hasina regime now wants an “apology” from Pakistan for “atrocities”. Brothers quarrel and make up and are friends again; no apology is needed. Besides, recent evidence being unearthed in Bangladesh suggest that it was the Indian Army that concerted the killings in order to give Pakistan a bad name. All this acrimony could have been avoided had the Bangalis heeded the Quaid’s wisdom in the early days of Pakistan’s creation and not used their Unislamic so-called “mother-tongue”. The Quaid, in all his sagacity, had requested the Bengalis to stop using their language, and to integrate into the Pakistani ethos. But, poisoned by the Hindu mindset, the new Bangali nation even adopted their national anthem as one written by Tagore, an anti-Islamic small-time Bengali poet who was awarded a Nobel prize for his pro-British writings. At the end of the day, the Bangalis must remember that it is not Islamic to blame fellow-Muslims for atrocities. Most of the bodies of the so-called “suicide bombers” in Pakistan’s Balochistan, FATA and NWFP turn out to be uncircumcised, proving without doubt that they are not Muslims. Muslims cannot kill fellow-Muslims. Period. Lay the blame for the so-called atrocities on the Indians. As one writer earlier pointed out, “Saka SQ” had masterminded the killings of mostly Hindus. Why? because he was a Pakistani nationalist and knew that the Hindus were trying to create divisions among Muslims.Recommend

  • nayeem turag
    Dec 29, 2010 - 1:47AM

    @ali akbar khan,
    Besides, recent evidence being unearthed in Bangladesh suggest that it was the Indian Army that concerted the killings in order to give Pakistan a bad name
    1. where have you found that indian army did the massacare in 1971?????? give us the link or any sorts of ground as a result we can justify.
    it was the son of no identity from pakistan millitary who killed bangladeshi people.
    Pakistan’s creation and not used their Unislamic so-called “mother-tongue”.
    2.what do u understand by the word islamic or unislamic?????
    language never belongs to any religion or any belief.
    so-called “mother-tongue
    2. u might not also know the meaning of the word so called, that s why u r using that before the word bangla what was the mother tongue of more then 50% of total population two state,and u are calling it so called. i just feel pity for such a ignorant like you.
    aka SQ” had masterminded the killings of mostly Hindus. Why?
    4.did islam gave the right to anyone to kill non muslim people for the reason of not being a muslim?????? no, never. u r simply destroying the image of muslims also. Ask any muslim scholar or read the holy Quran, islam never permitted the killings of non muslim for no reason. i am challenging u if u can show me a single proof that islam supports the murder of non muslim i will devide my throat from my body. and that s promise of a BANGLADESHI and a muslim.
    If don t know any thing what happened in bangladesh in 71 then don t do a comment.
    and for allah s sake don t destroy the image of muslim and holy quarn.
    1971 it was not a war for religion. it was a war of inpendence of a new nation. it was a war for liberty, it was a war for rights, it was a war for freedom of a new country. AND now we proudly pronounce our country BANGLADESH.
    Remember today or tomorrow the truth will flourish with all of its glory. it doesnt matter whether pakistanis ask for appology or not, because our country is in much more better position then yours.Recommend

  • Bari S.
    Jan 10, 2011 - 4:10PM

    @nayeem turag

    You sir, are tireless argue with an idiot. Why waste your time….Recommend

  • sadi
    Feb 3, 2011 - 4:52AM

    oh wow look who is talking about human rights…. i m simply shocked..pakistan is the one and only country where 75% rape victim women are jailed because they
    require testimony from four male witnesses of the act to establish the rape. If such witnesses are not found, as is usually the case, and the accused perpetrator denies the act, as is usually the case, then the woman’s very rape charge becomes evidence that she has committed zina — unlawful sexual activity

    yes pakistani people, what aproud nation u r… u have been succesfully spreding terrorism in everywhere, giving training and giving aid to all muslim terrorist.. and what a nice army u have– more brutal than HALAKU KHAN.. but never won a single battle.. ur national hero ABDUL QADEER KHAN– who has links with AL QAEDA AND TALIBAN and sold nuclear tech. to NORTH KOREA.(wikipedia)..and ur politics hahahahaa.. whoever speak up against unlawful fatwa and corruption has been murdered.. and u people are talking about BANGLADESHI human rights and legal system!!!!
    any pakistani here can u tell me what are the significance u have as a nation except winning the worldcup cricket… oh i forgot…shall i start about the corruption in pakistani cricket team??? i better not…

    so pakistani people.. dont waste ur time in talking about bangladeshi warcrime and its criminals.. leave it to us… we can handle it better like we did in 1971..Recommend

  • Mujahid
    Feb 3, 2011 - 5:51AM

    For all of my Pakistani brothers: I really feel sorry for you for your self-motivated ignorance. This is 21st century.. keeping your eyes off doesn’t stop others to see whats happening. I met many of the Pakistani guys.. where most of them is suffering from some kind of I don’t know what its called may be.. all of you need to understand and REALIZE following truths:

    Pakistan is not even close to be a super power or whatever you think, rather is falling downwards at a very high speed.
    Everybody thinks about Pakistan as a problem, never as a possibility.
    You don’t have the quality or power to be even a competitor of India at any side.
    Atomic bomb is not at all your power rather your greatest weakness.
    You killed millions of people in Bangladesh in 1971. Saying ‘Sorry’ for it only makes you more generous.
    In comparison to other young people of the world, Pakistani young generation are a way lot immature who only get amused over taking about girls and all kind of cheap jokes.
    Bangladesh is doing a lot better than you which the value of their currency says.

    So, I just have a small request to you.. PLEASE come out of the black box that you are living in and see yourself on the eyes of the world and THINK before you talk or comment on something. Everything might not be as easy as making a atom bomb… :p Recommend

  • From Bangladesh
    Feb 4, 2011 - 11:09AM

    @acenith harper:

    I believe you are talking about the torture pakistan army did on bangladeshi people in 1971. But trust me, the torture you described here is just the tip of the iceberg. I cannot even make myself
    write about that. It’s no wonder every true Bangladeshi despises pakistan seeing what lies you people are trying to spread when we want to try the war criminals.Recommend

  • From Bangladesh
    Feb 4, 2011 - 11:28AM

    Oh yeah? What about Mukhter Mai? Is she just an illusion the rest of the world believes?Recommend

  • sammy
    Feb 5, 2011 - 12:02AM

    mr sadi , PLEASE SIR , i have lived many years in ur country ! bangladeshis should not talk about ! democracy , human rights , free judiciary , free media , corruption ! PLEASE THESE ARE NON EXISTANT IN UR COUNTRY !! the country is a bloody mess !Recommend

  • sammy
    Feb 5, 2011 - 5:27PM

    mr shimul hasan ,salauddins daughter communicating with her fathers friends in pakistan is not a crime !! he has friends in many countries and in pakistan . salauddin comes from a well respected ,well known family who have well wishers all over the world . our prayers are with him anmd his family and aree appalled by the torture he is being subjected to .Recommend

  • Feb 5, 2011 - 10:17PM

    It’s really funny to see pakistani people are talking about justice and torture.Do you people have any Idea how your military tortured Bangladeshi people? Do you have any Idea they’ve killed nearly 100000 people at Dhaka city at march’25 1971? Do you have any Idea how brutally they’ve raped and tortured Bangladeshi women? Yet you call yourselves muslims? That’s what Islam taught you?Recommend

  • acenith harper
    Feb 10, 2011 - 10:26PM

    bd boy !! pakistan is a great country !! i have seen ur country , god have mercy on ur people.Recommend

  • Ajay
    Feb 15, 2011 - 7:01AM


    Perhaps you are suggesting that SQC shoudl be garlanded and showered with petals instead of being treated like a caged animal as an animal should be. He will go through the court process in Bangladesh where the lawyers are more educated and professional than the lawyers of Pakistan who threaten judges and shower petals on killers.Recommend

  • Ajay
    Feb 15, 2011 - 7:27AM

    @Qudrat Ullah

    With “Greater Pakistan’, you want the Bangladeshis and Afghanis to suffer the same low quality of life as Pakistanis?? Bangladeshis are lucky that they are thousands of miles separated from Pakistan unlike Baluchitan and Afghanistan which Pakistan military/ISI has turned both into its backyard. Nobody wants to be your backyard. They don’t even want to be part of the main yard since that looks like hell.Recommend

  • vasan
    Feb 15, 2011 - 11:51AM

    I think Bangladesh is lucky in a way that it is fully surrounded by India geographically thus having a natural heavy protection from PakistanRecommend

  • sammy
    Feb 15, 2011 - 9:24PM

    yeah vasan , bd is lucky ! ! surrounded by india makes u feel good ! hats off to you ! enjoy their company ! we in pk are happy to have gotten rid of u!! pk zindabadRecommend

  • sammy
    Feb 15, 2011 - 9:26PM

    is this a pk newspaper or bangladeshi?? im very confused now !!!Recommend

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