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December 14, 2013

BD JI leader buried amid violence

World

AFP
December 14, 2013

DHAKA: Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) leader Abdul Quader Mollah who was executed on Thursday for war crimes was buried in his native village in Faridpur. Hundreds of people took part in the funeral prayer of the executed JI leader.
The JI vowed to deepen the role of Islam to avenge the execution of Mollah. The JI leader’s hanging worsened the explosive political divide in Bangladesh.Jamaat-e-Islami says Mollah’s trial was politically motivated in an attempt to eliminate Islamic parties. Those who supported the execution said he was hanged for serious crimes, and that the punishment had nothing to do with Islam.
The execution sparked violent protests as activists torched homes and businesses belonging to government supporters in a fresh wave of bloodshed ahead of elections next month. At least five people died in the violence, local TV stations reported. The Hindus are believed to be supporters of Hasina.
In Dhaka, Jamaat-e-Islami activists torched at least four cars and a motorcycle near the country’s main railway station, said Shahzadi Sultana, a fire main railway station, said Shahzadi Sultana, a fire official. Several homemade bombs were detonated during the attack, Somoy TV reported.
Jamaat-e-Islami activists attacked ruling party supporters and minority Hindus in parts of Bangladesh, torching their homes and shops.Opponents of Jamaat-e-Islami say it is a fundamentalist group with no place in a secular country.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people rejoiced in the streets of Dhaka, and said justice had been served. Bangladesh says Pakistani soldiers, aided by local collaborators including Mollah, killed at least 3 million people and raped 200,000 women during the nine-month war against Pakistan. The case remains politically volatile because most of those being tried are connected to the country’s opposition.
Mollah was the first person to be hanged for war crimes in Bangladesh under an international tribunal established in 2010 to

investigate atrocities stemming from the war.
The court had stopped his execution at the last minute Tuesday night — just hours before he was due to be hanged — before rejecting his final appeal. The execution could complicate an already tense political situation in Bangladesh, where the opposition had carried out violent protests that have left nearly 100 people dead since October, demanding an independent caretaker government to oversee the Jan 5 general election. The government has rejected that demand, and an opposition alliance led by former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia plans to boycott the vote.
Mollah was barred from taking part in next month’s national elections. But the group is closely tied to the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party. The special tribunal convicted Mollah of killing a student and a family of 11, and of aiding Pakistani troops in killing 369 other people during the war.
The funeral prayers in absentia for Abdul Quader Mollah were offered in various parts of Pakistan.The National Assembly offered Fateha for Abdul Quadar Mollah but deferred passage of a resolution against the execution till Monday.
At the outset of the National Assembly’s proceedings, on request of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) parliamentary leader Sahibzada Tariqullah, the house offered Fateha for the executed JI leader of Bangladesh.
He also wanted to speak on the issue but Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq said he would be given time later.Later Sahibzada Tariqullah said that JI wanted to move a resolution against the execution. He said the matter was related to Pakistan as Abdul Qadar had raised voice against the disintegration of Pakistan in the 1971 war.
In Karachi, JI chief Munawar Hassan led the funeral prayer and led a protest demonstration on the occasion.The protestors were of the view that Pakistan should take up the issue with Bangladesh on diplomatic level.
Addressing the demonstrators, the JI chief said that the Pakistani government termed the execution of Mollah an internal matter of Bangladesh, which he said, showed its apathy.In Mansoora, the funeral prayer was offered on Multan road.
In Peshawar, JI Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa chief Professor Mohammad Ibrahim Khan led the funeral prayer held at Markaz-e-Islami. Senior Minister Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Sirajul Haq, KP JI general secretary and JI workers attended the funeral prayer in a large number.
After funeral prayers the workers marched on GT Road to protest against the sentence. They said that Mollah was a hero of Pakistan as he had been given death punishment for his support to Pakistan Army and opposing division of Pakistan.In Islamabad, JI central leader Liaquat Baloch led the funeral prayers of the Bangladeshi opposition leader.
Our correspondents add: In Multan, hundreds of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) activists on Friday staged a demonstration in front of Jamia-ul-Aloom to condemn the execution of Abdul Quader Mollah in Bangladesh and termed him a martyr of Pakistan.
The demonstration was led by JI local ameer Asif Mehmood Akhwani. The protesters were chanting slogans against the Bangladeshi government and the Pakistani rulers, who were silent over the execution. They criticised the silence of the Pakistani rulers over the murder of pro-Pakistan elements in Bangladesh.
They said that thousands of people had been languishing in Bangladeshi prisons for the last 42 years. They said that the Bangladeshi government had violated the treaty by trying the pro-Pakistan people in Bangladesh and Pakistan should raise the issue in the UN. Later, they offered funeral prayer of Abdul Quader Mollah in absentia.
In Pakpattan, JI workers took out a rally against the execution of JI Bangladesh leader Abdul Quader Mollah. The JI leaders including Dr Shaukat Ali, Rana Abdul Rauf and Maulana Sardar Ali led the rally in which the protesters chanted slogans against the Bangladeshi government. The protesters strongly condemned the action of the Bangladeshi government and appealed to the UNO and all the Muslim countries to end relations with the Bangladesh.
In Muzaffargarh, Hundreds of Jamaat-e-Islami activists staged a demonstration to condemn the execution of Abdul Quader Mollah. The protesters led by JI leader Rana Umar Daraz Farooqi were chanting slogans against the Bangladeshi government. The demonstrations were also staged in Alipur, Jatoi, Kot Addu and Rangpur.
In Toba Tek Singh, the funeral prayer in absentia was offered for JI Bangladeshi leader Abdul Quader Mollah at Toba and Gojra. The JI leaders in their speeches condemned the execution of Mollah and demanded the Pakistani government to end ties with the Bangladeshi government.
In Okara, the Jamaat-e-Islami took out a rally against the execution of Abdul Quader Mollah in Bangladesh.
The protesters took out a rally from Gole Chowk in front of the press club. Addressing the protesters, JI leaders Dr Liaquat Ali Kausar, Sheikh Muhammad Farooq and Rizwan Ahmad said that Abdul Quader Mollah was hanged for his love for Pakistan. They pointed out that it was decided in the Islamic Summit Conference in 1974 in Lahore that neither Bangladesh nor Pakistan would put on trial any person for war crimes. They criticised the government for keeping mum over the issue.
In Lalamusa, a rally was taken out against the execution of Abdul Quader Mollah. The protesters were led by JI Punjab naib ameer Dr Obaidullah Gohar, Shabab-e-Milli president Attiqur Rehman, district ameer Dr Syed Ahsanullah Shah, Gujrat city ameer Dr Tariq Saleem and district general secretary Shabbir Ahmad Khawar.
Jamaat-e-Islami activists also staged demonstrations in Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar and Rahimyar Khan.
The patron-in-chief of Supreme Shia Ulema Board and Quaid-i-Millat Jafariya Agha Syed Hamid Ali Shah Moosavi strongly condemned the hanging of Bangladesh’s religious leader Abdul Qaudir Mollah and called upon the government to summon the Bangladeshi high commissioner to the Foreign Office and lodge a strong protest against it while this issue might also be raised at all international organisations including the United Nations. He said hanging of Quadir Mollah was a slap in the face of those who received gifts after going to Bangladesh.