Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami has said the trial of Pakistan occupation army for the genocide during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War can take place anytime .
Doraiswami was asked which provision of the 1974 tripartite agreement is holding back trial of the Pakistani generals who committed genocide during the War of Liberation in 1971.
““History is history,” said the High Commissioner, noting that the question is historically very relevant in this historic year when Bangladesh is set to celebrate 50 years of its Independence. I think we should be clear about it without getting into legal formalities,” Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami said while speaking at DCAB Talk at National Press Club in the capital on Monday.
He said there is no statute of limitation on any kind of arrangement that may have been arrived at and this is something entirely within the government of Bangladesh to assess the history and see how this goes forward.
Bangladesh has approached the UN to recognize the genocide committed by Pakistan and hold it responsible. There is a long-standing demand from the people of Bangladesh to ask the UN to globally observe March 25 as National Genocide Remembrance Day. This effort will gain momentum next year.
The UN International Day of Victims of Genocide is observed on Dec 9, the day in which the intergovernmental organisation adopted the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in 1948.