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Muhith against banning AK Khandker’s book

2014-09-05 20:34:27
Muhith against banning AK Khandker’s book

Thereport24.com Correspondent, Dhaka:

Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith does not support banning the book written by Air-Vice Marshal (Retd) AK Khandker, Bir Uttam, rather he is in favour of publishing a new one to protest the former planning minister’s claim.

Rejecting the demand raised by other lawmakers in Parliament on Thursday, Muhith said, “No book should be banned, no matter how disgraceful it is. Rather another book should be published for refuting it. I am against censoring on publications.”

Mentioning his party colleagues’ demand on the ban, Muhith said, “A demand to ban the book was raised in the Parliament on Thursday. I categorically reject the demand. I don’t support to ban a book, no matter what it is.”

The Finance Minister expressed his opinion while inaugurating a book festival at the Public Library auditorium in the capital city on Friday.

Earlier on Thursday, Awami League lawmakers blasted AK Khandaker, the deputy chief of army during the War of Liberation in 1971, for ‘distorting historical facts’ in his book ‘1971: Bhitore Bahire’ that induced huge controversies in the parliament. Some of the lawmakers also demanded banning the book.

In his book, Khandker claimed ‘Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman concluded his historic speech of March 7 in 1971 by saying ‘Joy Pakistan’.

Ends/thereport24.com/IH/AMA/Sept 05, 2014

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