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Barrister Abdur Razzaq resigns from Jamaat

  • Published at 12:06 pm February 15th, 2019
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File photo of Barrister Abdur Razzaq Dhaka Tribune

The barrister resigned through a letter to the ameer of Bangladesh Jamaat on Friday

Barrister Abdur Razzaq has resigned from Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, citing the failure of the party to apologize to the people of Bangladesh for its anti-independence role during the Liberation War of 1971.

He also cited Jamaat’s failure to adopt the successful models of reform that have been implemented in other Muslim majority countries.

The barrister tendered his resignation through letter sent to Bangladesh Jamaat Ameer Maqbul Ahmed from the UK on Friday.

“Despite its many positive contributions to Bangladesh society such as corruption free politics, intra party democracy, institution building, and creating a vast number of honest, competent and dedicated citizens, Jamaat in the 21st century has not been successful in becoming an effective vehicle for realising its goal of social justice based on Islamic values,” Abdur Razzaq said in the letter.

Referring to Jamaats participation in various democratic movements, such as the protests against the dictatorial regime in the 80s, he added: “All these remarkable contributions failed to receive due recognition because of Jamaat’s role in opposing the historic struggle for liberation in 1971. The Liberation War of 1971 casts a deep and dark shadow over all its [Jamaat’s] achievements and contributions.

“Over the last two decades, I have been trying relentlessly to persuade Jamaat to have a frank discussion about the events of 1971, Jamaat’s role in those events and why it decided to support Pakistan and apologise for that decision… But all my efforts have been unsuccessful. My decades of advice had fallen on deaf ears.”

“Jamaat’s failure to address the 1971 issue and apologise has resulted in a stigma being attached to those who were not involved in the decision. Even those born after 1971 and the many unborn generations who may be associated with Jamaat in future will have to bear this heavy burden,” he also said.

Furthermore, Abdur Razzaq said one of his main objectives when joining Jamaat was to reform it from within. Over the past 30 years, he has advocated structural reforms as well as the full and effective participation of women, among other measures to bring the party in line with successful and modern models implemented in other Muslim majority countries.

“I appealed to bring fundamental changes to Jamaat’s objects, plans and programs in view of the change in world politics, and particularly, the upheavals in Muslim countries. As usual, there was no response,” he said.

Abdur Razzaq held the position of assistant secretary general of Jamaat. He has also defended a number of top Jamaat leaders in court as chief defence council.