Jurist and Jatiya Oikya Front leader Dr Kamal Hossain ‘regrets’ his remarks he made while responding to a journalist’s query about Jamaat-e-Islami’s standing in the Front on Friday morning at Martyred Intellectuals Memorial in the capital.
On Friday night Kamal Hossain issued a written statement which was sent to the media Saturday morning, an official at his law chamber told New Age.
Kamal Hossain became angry with a journalist who kept on asking about JOF’s position regarding Jamaat-e-Islami immediately after he, along with the front leaders and activists, just completed offering tribute to the martyrs.
‘Khamos,’ Kamal shouted at the journalist at one stage and asked him how much money he had got for asking such questions.
Kamal also wanted to know the journalist’s identity and said he would keep his name in his mind.
In the statement, he explained, ‘After paying my tribute to the martyrs, while I was leaving the monument, I spoke briefly about how we had achieved the country’s independence at the cost of so many lives.’
‘Just then I was suddenly asked a question about Jatiya Oikya Front and Jamaat,’ he said.
‘I said that this is a day of deep emotion. I do not want to make any comments on this subject at this place on this day.’
Kamal Hossain said that when the same question was asked again, he responded similarly.
‘But then when I heard for the third time, in the middle of the crown and noise, the word “Jamaat” being repeated, I felt very disturbed and urged the person speaking to stop,’ he said.
He says, ‘If my words hurt anyone, I sincerely regret this.’
He said that all through his life he spoke for the freedom of press and the rights of journalists.
‘I hope we can together achieve the dreams of the nation’s greatest sons and daughters who sacrificed their lives for a secular Bangladesh,’ he said in the statement.
He said that on this day, on December 14, 1971, the nation’s greatest minds were brutally massacred, and he lost personal friends among them.
In 1972-1973, he was given an opportunity by Bangabandhu to contribute to the making of laws to bring to justice those responsible for these massacres.
A faction of journalist community in the morning held a protest rally in front of Jatiya Press Club demanding Dr Kamal’s apology within 24 hours.
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