Senior Jamaat-e-Islami leaders at a meeting with visiting UN envoy Oscar Fernández Taranco yesterday discussed how the party could join the upcoming elections.
“We have discussed the issue. It is possible to find out a solution,” Assistant Secretary General Abdur Razzak told reporters when asked whether they discussed Jamaat’s scope to participate in the polls as its registration was cancelled by the High Court.
He said Jamaat had joined all the elections since 1979 until 2008, and had representation in all the parliaments. “So, Jamaat is a factor in this country. They [delegation] also accepted this [fact]. We also discussed how Jamaat can contest in the upcoming elections. But I cannot elaborate more.”
Razzak briefed media after the meeting at Sonargaon Hotel. The meeting was earlier scheduled for Sunday.
In response to a query, Razzak said they had also discussed how to tame the ongoing violence to make the elections peaceful. “He [Taranco] has asked for finding a solution. It may be possible through consultation among all parties.” He said there had been no violence earlier when all parties joined the elections.
Razzak said they also discussed how level playing field could be ensured for an inclusive election.
After the High Court verdict, Jamaat cannot contest the polls with its symbol. However, the party leaders can join the polls as independent candidates, as mentioned by the chief election commissioner. Jamaat leaders Jasimuddin Sarkar, Abdullah Mohammad Taher and Mir Ahmed Bin Kashem were also present at the meeting with Taranco yesterday.
Razzak, also chief counsel for Jamaat leaders facing war crimes charges, said: “We have conveyed our concern that the government may bypass the rules and execute the death sentence of Abdul Quader Molla.”