Chief of Pakistan’s Jamaat-e-Islami (JIP) Syed Munawar Hasan has said the verdict against Abdul Quader Molla was a “ploy” of Sheikh Hasina’s administration to “remove pro-Pakistan politicians from its path in order to avert a clear defeat in the next elections.”
In a statement, posted on Pakistan Jamaat’s website on Tuesday, Munawar Hasan condemned the verdict by the Bangladesh Supreme Court and said Hasina administration was “using the courts to remove its opponents.”
He also said it was “most unfortunate” that the Pakistan government, instead of raising a voice against the “excesses” of the Sheikh Hasina administration against pro-Pakistan parties, called it an internal affair of Bangladesh, thus giving a licence to Bangladesh government to continue the “excesses.”
The Appellate Division of the Bangladesh Supreme Court on Tuesday sentenced Bangladesh Jamaat’s Assistant Secretary General Abdul Quader Molla to death overruling the judgement of the International Crimes Tribunal that had given him life sentence for war crimes committed during 1971 liberation war.
Pakistan Jamaat chief also criticised the people of the world for remaining silent regarding the “violation” of human rights in Bangladesh.
Munawar Hasan appealed to the Pakistan government to bring forth the Mujib-Bhutto agreement between the two countries.
He also urged the United Nations to “force” Bangladesh to honour the pact and rescind the “cruel and unjust” sentences announced to the Jamaat leaders in Bangladesh.
Munawar Hasan also said: “A former JI chief of Bangladesh Ghulam Azam, a 91 year old politician, had been given 90 years in jail by the court and the government had filed an appeal for its conversion into death sentence.”