Dhaka – The government has suspended the list of collaborators who aided the Pakistani military during the Bangladesh’s 1971 war of liberation as list stirred harsh criticism after names of many freedom-fighters were found in it.
“We have suspended the list after allegations that it contained names of the freedom-fighters,” Liberation War Affairs Minister Mozammel Haque told reporters in Dhaka on Wednesday, three days after he announced the list.
The minister said now the list will be published on the National and Independence Day on March 26 next year after scrutiny.
The minister at a press conference on Sunday announced the list of 10,789 persons who helped Pakistan army to carry out mass killings and atrocities against the unarmed civilians during the nine-month war.
But the list published by the ministry found names war veterans and freedom fighters.
The minister regretted the mistake on Monday and assured that the list will be corrected. He also claimed that his ministry did not prepare the list saying that he presented the list prepared at the Home Ministry after the liberation war.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan refuted saying his ministry did not give any list of Razakars, Al-Badrs and Al-Shams to the Liberation War Affairs Ministry.
A list of people accused under the Collaborators Act was given to the liberation war ministry, the home minister said.