Pakistan must apologise for the genocide committed by its troops during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971, an organisation titled "Global Law Thinkers Society" demanded in Dhaka.
"Bangladesh should sue Pakistan in the international settlement court for the systematic killing of the prominent figures of the nation," said Raoman Smita -- president of the organisation -- at a human chain in front of the Jatiya Press Club Monday.
She said, "Staring at a crushing defeat in 1971, the Pakistani forces and their local collaborators killed many university teachers, doctors, artists, writers, journalists and other prominent Bengalis just two days before their surrender."
In a desperate act of vengeance, the Pakistani military occupants systematically rounded up prominent figures from their homes in the middle of the night, took them to torture cells, and finally assembled on killing grounds for execution.
"But Pakistan is yet to seek a formal apology even 49 years after independence," she said.
Speakers at the event said Pakistani occupation forces killed the great sons of the soil just two days before victory, with the evil intent to root out intellectual capital from the Bengali nation.
"The loss is irreplaceable, and the government should move to the international settlement court to lodge a lawsuit against Pakistan," said Raoman Smita.
The lawyer said, "We can certainly file the claim, whether we win or not is immaterial."