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'Bangladesh Jamaat victim of Hasina regime'

Update : 02 Aug 2013, 10:05 AM

Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami chief Syed Munawar Hasan has condemned a Bangladesh High Court judgement that declared the Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami's registration as a party illegal, Pakistani newspaper The News reported.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Munawar termed the court decision "unconstitutional, partial and biased."

The Pakistan Jamaat ameer has appealed to the world nations, democratic forces and the Muslim states to play their role in checking the "vendetta of the pro-India Sheikh Hasina regime in Dhaka against the Jamaat leaders in the country."

Munawar, in the statement, alleged that the Jamaat's Bangladesh chapter was being "victimised" and its leadership had been convicted and handed down sentences of life term and even death.

"So far, this was being done by a 'so-called tribunal' [International Crimes Tribunal] but now the High Court had stepped in to do the same," the statement further reads.

Munawar also alleged that Sheikh Hasina's government wanted to keep Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami away from the people and "crush it at the behest of India whereas a majority of the Bangladesh people stood with the party in the present situation."

"Millions of people were staging protest in different parts of Bangladesh due to which the Hasina Wazed regime was afraid," he claimed.

Expressing astonishment, the Pakistan Jamaat chief said democratic forces in the world and the Muslim states were "criminally silent" over the state oppression against Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami.

Mentioning the Pakistan Foreign Office's stance on the trial process on war criminal, he said the stance was the worst form of injustice, and totally unexpected.

Islamabad last month had termed the war crimes tribunal as an internal issue of Bangladesh.

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