Bangladesh To Go After More Islamists Who Supported The 1971 War CriminalsBangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed (Carsten Koall/Getty Images)

After bringing to trial and executing war criminals (Islamists who had sided with the brutal Pakistani regime in 1971 and carried out a genocide against Bengali-speaking Muslims and Hindus), Bangladesh will now go after more Islamists who supported the war criminals.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said it is time to try those who had sided with and rehabilitated the war criminals. Hasina's target are other leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami (which opposed Bangladesh's independence) and those in the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) who rehabilitated war criminals and promoted them to positions of power.

Two convicted war criminals were made ministers by BNP chief Khaleda Zia when she was Prime Minister from 2001 to 2006. Another convicted war criminal, Salauddin Quader Chowdhury, was Khaleda's parliamentary affairs adviser at the time.

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