Madam Prime Minister: Due Diligence Please

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j@shadakalo

Dear Madam Prime Minister

Why are you surrounded by incompetent idiots? We know it is unfair to blame you for everything, but in this case we will hold you personally responsible for this horrendous personnel decision.

We are of course talking about the fact that the chief investigator of the War Crimes Tribunal himself was a member of Islami Chhatra Sangha, the student arm of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1971.

That does not make Mr. Matin a war-criminal, but surely Madam Prime Minister, you do not expect 100% neutrality from a former affiliated member of a party whose leaders will be INVESTIGATED and JUDGED by this war crimes trial?

Daily Star reported:

The chief investigator for war crimes trial, Abdul Matin was nominated for the presidency of a college unit of Islami Chhatra Sangha, student organisation of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1971, prime minister’s adviser on education Dr Alauddin Ahmed told a roundtable yesterday.

Alauddin questioned how a person nominated for the post of president of a college unit of Islami Chhatra Sangha could be made the chief investigator, reports private TV channel ATN Bangla.

He said one of the investigators is yet to join the probe agency because of his reservation about Matin’s appointment as its chief.

Vision 24 organised the roundtable “Trial of War Criminals in the International Context” at the Dhaka Reporters’ Unity.

This bombshell was not dropped by someone from BNP or others who might wish to harm your party; Dr. Alauddin is your party member and a trusted member of your advisory council.

Mr. Matin happens to be a former senior bureaucrat. As a result, the government would know a lot about his history. His pre-employment background investigation report also included his political affiliations as researched and documented by the special branch (SB) and that became part of his Annual Confidential Report (ACR).

He got investigated by DGFI before every promotion (as all senior civil servants are investigated) until his retirement.

So: Dr. Alauddin knew. DGFI probably knew, or knew and tried to suppress it (nothing about the DGFI surprises us any more).

If Dr. Alauddin’s claim is true that another investigator is yet to join the committee because of Mr. Matin’s past, then this is common knowledge.

So: How could you not know?

Madam Prime Minister, we expect that you will suspend Mr. Matin immediately and ask for his resignation. While you are at it, ask for the resignation of the person who picked Mr. Matin for this position as well. Make an example, and make it visible. Show the country that nothing will compromise the neutrality of the trials.

You have seen the killers of your family face justice. Do not allow the trial for the murder and rape of 3 million people be messed up.


10 Responses to “Madam Prime Minister: Due Diligence Please”

  1. Khondkar A Saleque

    We are also surprised to read this. The war criminals trail actions have reached this satge after careful scrutiny for more than a year.The credentials of the pesrons nominated as judges and invesgators must have been thoroughly checked by all intelligence agencies at government disposal.If Dr Aaluddins claim is correct then PM Hasina herself must say sorry to the nation.
    This government can not blame anyone for this at least. Law minister, home minister, Commerce minister, energy advisor, advisor responsible for establishment are responsible for crisis in the relevant sectors. They are either incompetent or opportunists.
    Hasina must set seasoned MPs in important ministry before it is too late.

  2. DeshPremik

    If this turns out to be true, it will be another blunder made by Hasina’s incompetent assistants. A complete REVAMP of the PM’s entire apparatus is needed and political heavyweights and formerly “proven” advisers should be brought in immediately. Better late than never!

  3. Reaz Hassan

    It is really disturbing that the war crimes trial is hardly able to move forward-in fact it is still limping after ending more than a quarter of this government’s tenure. There is something seriously wrong in the mechanism of choosing political appointees. Those responsible for tracking down past records of such appointees are either a bunch of morons or the Jamatees too clever for the investigation agencies of the state.
    The appointed person, Mr. Abdul Matin, is certainly not the man who the nation can trust for the job. What sort of a man is he who could join the judicial service of the then East Pakistan in October of 1971 when other officials were fleeing or were compelled to work due to circumstances beyond their control. Moreover, his association with the Islami Chhatra Sangha has now been brought by one of the Advisors to the Government. The veracity of it, whatever it is, is now redundant. The sooner Mr. Matin is shown the door the better for the nation and the Government. The nation does not have infinite time to see war criminals moving freely in the soil of independent Bangladesh.

  4. Reaz Hassan

    It s really disturbing that the war crimes trial is hardly able to move forward-in fact it is still limping after ending more than a quarter of this government’s tenure. There is something seriously wrong in the mechanism of choosing political appointees. Those responsible for tracking down past records of such appointees are either a bunch of morons or the Jamatees too clever for the investigation agencies of the state.
    The appointed person, Mr. Abdul Matin, is certainly not the man who the nation can trust for the job. What sort of a man is he who could join the judicial service of the then East Pakistan in October of 1971 when other officials were fleeing or were compelled to work due to circumstances beyond their control. Moreover, his association with the Islami Chhatra Sangha has now been brought by one of the Advisors to the Government. The veracity of it, whatever it is, is now redundant. The sooner Mr. Matin is shown the door the better for the nation and the Government. The nation does not wish to see war criminals moving freely in the soil of independent Bangladesh.The trial must start without any further delay.

  5. BanglaExpress

    Is AL really serious about trying War Criminals ? If so, how the hell , did it happen ?

  6. Democrat

    If I had been the PM, I would have reshuffled the cabinet by now based on grades A to F. I would have brought in 3 of 4 veteran AL stalwarts into the cabinet and thrown out all the unelected stupid advisers. In a democracy the elected reps rule. It is nonsense to rely on former controversial bureaucrats. They are basically damaging AL’s image. One of them happens to be a cabinet secretary of Bangabandhu’s government in 1975 who also conducted the swearing in ceremony of assassin Khondoker Mushtaque Ahmed of Comilla.

    I would have instructed the home minister to rush to crime spots all over Bangladesh and visit district police HQs to inspire the police force.

    I would have ordered the R&H minister to introduce at least 200-300 new hardy( not fancy) buses on the streets of Dhaka by the end of AL’s first year. I would have instructed police to enforce traffic laws harshly and punished violators at random.

  7. Democrat

    In a democracy, it is expected that the R&H minister should travel by all mode of public transport picking one at a time at least once a week to see and feel the plight of the daily commuters held hostage by the callous and irresponsible behaviour of both public and private transport owners and drivers.

    Awami League has won a huge mandate. It must delver its promises. BNP is in shreds and it is unlikely to recover from the irreparable damage it has suffered in hands of goons like Tarek and Babar. It is now absolutely clear that the evil axis of Jamaat-e-Islami & Jamaat alliance was behind the grenade blast at Bangabandhu Avenue and the huge illegal arms cache caught at Chittagong port.

    The BNP-Jamaat axis indulged in the worst kind of state-sponsored radical Islamic terrorism any country has ever facilitated to extend their unconstitutional grip on power.It was acting as the long arm of the radical Islamic wing of the Pakistani Inter Services Intelligence (the dreaded ISI).

  8. Rakib

    I think the parliament by now should have enacted laws to severely punish agitators on streets who destroy public and private properties in the name of haartaals and strikes. There should be imprisonment for at least 6 months to 2 years to hammer in the ugly side of destructive behaviour of such antisocial elements. Since the AL has over 3/4th majority in the parliament I ask the PM to immediately push for this law.

  9. Rashed Ahmed

    Two Ministers responsible for appointing Mr. Matin are the Home Minister Sahara Khatoon and the State Minister of Law Qamrul Islam; both, particularly the latter , have been crying hoarse every day about the Government’s seriousness to hold the trials. Why are they not being held responsible? How come they are still Ministers? As for the Home Minister, she should have been sacked many times over for in the history of Bangladesh there has never been a more incompetent Minister than her. Qamrul islam is more of a joker than a Minister. It was ridiculous to watch how he euologised President Zia as a freedom fighter only days after calling him a Pakistani agent; both on the TV channels and in front the print media. Madam Prime Minister is too busy with her picnics abroad with her sister and relatives ad band of sycophants to care about these jokers. It is unbelievable that the “nationalist” press and media that took the BNP part of Tareq Zia during the BNP era does not see what Madam Prime Minister is doing with her family ministers where Sheikh Rehana who in government is no better than the average Bangladeshi is seen alighting from the same car as her sister while Ministers are made to follow her.

    What Madam Prime Minister is doing with governance is taking the country for a ride and little else.

  10. AwamiLeaguer

    I am an avid Awami Leaguer. However, I wasn’t aware of the fact that Sheikh Hasina married her own daughter Putul into a Rajakar family from Faridpur! The recent pronouncement by Sajeda Chowdhury that it’s Putul’s dada-shoshur who was a Rajakar, NOT her shoshur didn’t sound convincing at all. If this is true, I can not understand how Sheikh Hasina, the daughter of BongoBondhu and the Leader of the Awami League could build a blood-relationship with a Rajakar family. I am having a tough time believing and digesting this news. If this is true, it does not matter whether the Rajakar was Hasina’s beai or it was the beai’s father; what matters is that the Father of the Nation’s daughter basically betrayed her father and handed over her daughter to the Rajakars, for what, I wonder. I think its a disgrace to the nation! If this is true, then Sheikh Hasina loses the right to criticize the Rajakars. Moreover, I doubt her sincerity in bringing the war criminals to justice. Even if her party does that, I strongly believe that if she really married her daughter, knowingly, into a Rajakar family, then she has betrayed her own principle and morality and is making a mockery of those of us who took up arms to rid the nation of these same collaborators and war criminals in 1971. If this is true, then Hasina has no right to command my respect and no right to lead this nation in the facade of being a “pro-liberation” leader.

    Here is the news report I am referring to:

    http://www.amadershomoy.com/content/2010/05/27/news0215.htm

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