- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami will enforce a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal today protesting what it said the killing of its secretary general Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mujahid by hanging him for war crimes.
Jamaat acting ameer Makbul Ahmad announced the strike soon after Mujahid was executed at Dhaka Central Jail in the early hours of yesterday.
Condemned war criminals Mojahid and BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury were hanged at the Dhaka Central Jail for the atrocities they had committed during the Liberation War in 1971.
With the provision of contesting the upazila parishad elections for the post of its chairman and vice-chairman directly nominated by a certain political party registered with the Election Commission (EC), the Upazila Parishad (Amendment) Bill, 2015 was passed in Jatiya Sangsad yesterday.
Pakistan is deeply disturbed over the executions of two war crime convicts – Salaudiin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Muzahid.
“We have noted with deep concern and anguish the unfortunate executions of the Bangladesh National Party Leader, Mr Salauddin Quadir Chowdhury and Mr Ali Ahsan Mojaheed. Pakistan is deeply disturbed at this development,” said a statement of the Pakistan Foreign Ministry issued today.
Food Minister Qamrul Islam yesterday said it is now a matter of time to ban Jamaat-e Islami as a political party for its involvement in crimes against humanity committed during the Liberation War in 1971.
“Everyone sees the government is sending condemned war criminals to gallows one after another to execute the court verdicts. Many ask us about banning Jamaat which had acted as the mother organisation of all killings during the Liberation War. Now I can say it’s just a matter of time to ban Jamaat-e-Islami as a political party,”
Attorney General Mahbubey Alam has expressed hope that the Supreme Court will complete the hearing by December 15 on an appeal filed by convicted war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami challenging his death sentence.
Talking to reporters yesterday, Mahbubey said that the top court would go on a 20-day vacation from December 16 – the country’s Victory Day. So, he hoped that the hearing in Jamaat-e-Islami chief’s appeal would be completed before the vacation started.
With threats being made that their burials would be resisted, executed war criminals Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid were interred in their respective home districts, amid a strict security blanket.
SQ Chowdhury, better known as Saka Chowdhury, was buried yesterday morning at his family graveyard in Gohira village, Raozan upazila, Chittagong district.
Either there should be a mention of Section 49 of the constitution somewhere in the application or it must clearly say that the convict has admitted all the crimes and is seeking clemencyExisting laws say that when the apex court turns down the review petition of a death row convict, the legal battle ends there for the convict.
This therefore means that no existing laws of the country apply to the convict any more.
But, as a citizen of Bangladesh, the last thing the convict is entitled to is seeking clemency from the president. And that too has to be done exclusively under Section 49 of the Constitution of the country.
Victims of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury’s war-time terror, freedom fighters and social workers have expressed satisfaction over the execution of the notorious war criminal early yesterday.
They also urged the government to turn the city’s Goods Hill residence of Salauddin that had been used as a torture cell into a museum.
Lauding the government’s resolve to try the war criminals, they demanded speedy trial of the rest of the persons charged for committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War.
Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam BSc yesterday told parliament that Bangladesh had exported more than 31 lakh workers to overseas labour markets since 2009.
“A total of 31,21,016 Bangladeshi workers went abroad taking immigration clearance from the Bureau of Manpower, Employment and Training (BMET) in between January 2009 and June 2015,” he said replying to a scripted question from ruling Awami League MP Fazilatun Nasa Bappy.
Lawmakers of the Awami League-led alliance yesterday in parliament showered Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with praise for the executions of two war criminals.
The lawmakers said the punishment meted out to war criminals had reestablished the rule of law in Bangladesh ending the decade-long culture of impunity.
The lawmakers also said as Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mujahid sought presidential clemency they acknowledged that they committed crimes during the liberation war and also acknowledged that the trial was free and fair.
A journalist of Mohona TV sustained bullet injuries after unidentified gunmen fired at a car of the private television station in Chittagong yesterday.
Rajib Sen Prince, a reporter for the TV channel, was returning to Chittagong city after covering war criminal Salauddin Quader Chowdhury’s burial when his car was shot at Gohira area of Raozan upazila around 11am.
The 30-year-old was taken to Chittagong Medical College Hospital and doctors said he was out of danger, said police sources.
Security measures were beefed up across the country after Jamaat-e-Islami announced a general strike for today in protest at the executions of war criminals Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid.
After the strike was announced, law enforcement officials were put on alert yesterday to avert any possible subversion attempt. Police said they were ready to ward off any untoward situation.
The Election Commission is likely to announce the schedules for countrywide municipal elections today, said commission officials.
They said the commission is likely to arrange polls on December 30.
“Annual examinations in educational institutions will end in the first or second week of December and the Election Commission will be busy publishing the voter list in January,” said Election Commissioner Mohammad Zabed Ali.
The districts of Kurigram and Panchagarh saw their first batches of former exclave residents leave Bangladesh to move to India yesterday.
In Kurigram, 72 people who were previously residents of two former exclaves moved to the neighbouring country’s Cooch Behar district through the Bagbhandar border area in Kurigram’s Bhurungamari upazila yesterday afternoon, our Kurigram correspondent reported.
American Nobel Prize-winner Harold Eliot Varmus discussed about his personal life and the changes that came through the trajectory of his life which inspired him to enter into the world of science and applied on different fields of scientific research.
On November 22, 2015, the discussion took place at the Scholastica senior campus premise at Mirpur in Dhaka.
A court in Chittagong yesterday fixed December 7 for the hearing of much-talked about cocaine haul case.
“The court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Rahmat Ali set the new date of the cocaine case asking investigation officer of the case to be present as the court will observe the charge sheet of the case,” said Additional Deputy Commissioner Kazi Muttaki Ibn Minan (Prosecution).
On Thursday, Detective Branch (DB) of Chittagong Metropolitan Police (CMP) pressed charge sheet against eight people.
Saleha Begum, mother of schoolboy Sayeed, abducted and later killed by miscreants in March in Air Port area in the district, yesterday demanded capital punishment to the killers.
Public Prosecutor (PP) advocate Abdul Malik said Saleha came up with the demand while she and five others went to the Sylhet Court for testifying in her son’s murder case.
Sources said on March 11, Abu Sayeed, 9, a fourth grader of Shahi Eidgah Hazrat Shahi Mir Govt Primary School was abducted, while his kidnappers demanded Tk5 lakh in ransom.
Police arrested a man yesterday in the district, an accused of Bamondanga police murder case, filed in 2013.
The arrested was Md Samiul Islam,28, son of Tofazzal Hossain of Chaintala village under Sundarganj upazila.
Sub-Inspector Raza Mian of Sundarganj police station, said Samiul was a charge sheeted accused of police murder case in 2013 in the upazila.
Certain that it will fail the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) global November 24 deadline to switch from handwritten passports to machine-readable passports (MRPs), Bangladesh has sought until December 2018 to make the transition.
Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon confirmed to the Dhaka Tribune yesterday that an extension had been sought from the ICAO.
The Primary School Certificate (PSC) and madrasa equivalent Ebtedayee examinations 2015 for fifth-graders scheduled for Monday has been shifted to November 30, 2015.
The examinations have been shifted after Jamaat-e-Islami called a dawn-to-dusk countrywide shutdown for today protesting the execution of Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, the general secretary of Jamaat-e-Islami.
The examinations would be held on November 30 at 11:00am, said a press release of primary and mass education ministry.