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Nation of Bangladesh Stood in Silence for 3 Minutes
By Ataur Rahman
Bangladesh Correspondent
Bangladesh Prime Minister
Sheikh Hasina

DHAKA, Feb. 12, 2013 — The nation of Bangladesh stood in silence for three minutes from 4 p.m. on Feb. 12, 2013 to express solidarity with the ongoing movement across the country demanding death penalties to all the war criminals and a ban on the politics of Jamaat-e- Islami.

People from all levels of life including ministers, lawmakers, ruling Awami League-led 14-party leaders, members of prosecution and investigation teams of the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), journalists, members of different political and socio-cultural organizations stood in solemn silence for three minutes with the clock striking 4 in the evening.

Millions of people across the country were seen to have observed the three-minute silence to express solidarity with the movement. Tens of thousands people, who thronged the Shahbagh Square or Prajanma Chattar for the eighth consecutive day today, stood in silence for three minutes to press home the demand for death penalty to all war criminals, including Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Mollah.

The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) today (on Feb. 12, 2013) observed three- minutes silence to express solidarity with the demand of the youths of Prajanma Chattar for capital punishment to all war criminals.

Officials and employees of Prime Minister's Office (PMO) today joined millions at 4 p.m. to observe the silence. Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister, PMO Secretary, Director Generals, officials and employees joined the programme. They stood in silence in front of PMO for three minutes to express their solidarity with the demand.

Shahbagh Square protesters yesterday urged the people across the country to express solidarity with the movement by observing a three- minute stand in silence today.

Imran H Sarker, Convenor of Bloggers and Online Activists requested all to stand in silence for three minutes wherever they may be from 4 p.m. from the Shahbagh Square.

Bloggers and Online Activists started the protest at Shahbagh Square on February 5 demanding death penalty to Jamaat Assistant Secretary General Quader Mollah after the International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced him (Mollah) to life for war crimes in 1971.

Expressing solidarity with the programme, ministers, state ministers, secretaries, officers and employees of different ministries observed the three-minute silence in front of the Secretariat while 14-party leaders at Shaheed Minar.

Members of Parliament (MPs) on Feb. 12, 2013 stood in silence for 3 minutes from 4pm at the South Plaza of Sangsad Bhaban to press home demand for death penalty to war criminals. The most popular cricket tournament Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) was stopped for three minutes as the cricketers and concerned officers and employees observed the silence.

Journalists and employees of the national news agency Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha led by its Managing Directors and Chief Editor Ihsanul Karim observed the three-minute silence at the Paltan Intersection. Deputy Speaker Shawkat Ali Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, Foreign Minister Dr. Dipu Moni, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) President Mujahidul Islam Selim, noted economist Prof Abul Barakat, noted short film producer Tanvir Mokammel, actors Zahid Hasan, Meer Sabbir, Chanchal Chowdhury, and Brindaban Das came to the Shahbagh Square to express solidarity with the movement.

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Mr. Ataur Rahman serves as Bangladesh Correspondent for The Seoul Times. He earned his Master of Commerce degree from Dhaka University in 1985. Mr. Rahman has vast journalistic experience including his stints at "The Daily Janata" and "The Dainik Bangla."






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