TO ACCEPT PROBE BODY
purpose could be served : limited.
Text of the statement by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman on March 18, 1971 at
Awami League Chief Sheikh Mujibur Rahman today rejected the commission of enquiry
set up by the Martial Law Administrator Zone B "to go into the
circumstances which led to the calling of the Army in aid of civil power in
various parts of
In a statement issued here today the Awami League Chief declared the people of Bangla Desh shall not co-operate with such a commission in airy respect. He also said no one should nominate any member to this 'commission ' nor serve as its members.
According to the Martial Law Administrator's Order the commission will be headed by a Judge of the High Court of East Pakistan who is to be nominated by the Chief Justice.
Following is the full text of the statement:
" I regret that the Commission of Inquiry " which has been announced, on the face of it cannot satisfy the demand voiced by me on behalf of the people of Bangla Desh. Its very institution by a Martial Law Order and the provision for submission of its report to the Martial Law authority are highly objectionable. The terms of reference themselves betray the intention of pre-judging the most fundamental issue and to shut out inquiry into the real issues.
The only term of reference is:
To go into the circumstances which led to the calling of the Army in aid of
civil power in various parts of
" Such a` commission ' can serve no useful purpose. Indeed such an inquiry would not at all the genuine inquiry aimed at arriving at the truth, but would be a mere device to mislead the people.
" We cannot, therefore, accept such a` commission '. The people of Bangla Desh shall not co-operate with such 'commission', nor serve as its members.
"On behalf of the people we had made four-point demand on the 7th of March, 1971, one of those demands was that for fair, impartial and public inquiry with proper terms of reference. The nominal and piecemeal acceptance of one of those points and that too in the manner described above, cannot contribute to the solution of the grave crisis that faces us ".
Meanwhile, Sheikh Mujib has
sent Capt. ` Mansur Ali, leader of Parliamentary party in the
They will assess the situation and report accordingly. It may be mentioned that Maulana Bhashani had also sent him a telegram to this effect.
(THE DAWN, Karachi-March 19, 1971)