Cost of loyalty: JI chief rails against rulers for silence over executions

Says daughter of Bangladesh’s founder was executing people who were loyal to Pakistan in 1971.


Our Correspondent November 29, 2015
JI women take part in a protest in Lahore. PHOTO: INP

LAHORE: Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Sirajul Haq on Sunday likened Bangladesh Prime Minister Hasina Wajid’s administration to the rulers in Islamabad, saying there was no difference between two with regards to the execution of pro-Pakistan politicians in Dhaka.

Addressing a demonstration on The Mall Road to protest against the oppression of the Dhaka regime, he said the government of Hasina Wajid, daughter of Bangladesh’s founder, Sheikh Mujeebur Rehman was executing people who were “loyal to Pakistan at the time of the secessionist movement in 1971.

People are being executed for expressing loyalty to Pakistan 44 years ago, while the rulers in this country were silent spectators.”

A large number of women and children also attended the rally. He said that both the youth and the elderly had sacrificed their lives for this country but the rulers in Islamabad did not bother to raise this issue at global forums that showed their indifference and deviation from country’s ideology.

Two wings of JI and other religious parties by the name of al Shams and al Badr fought alongside Pakistani security forces during the crackdown against secessionists in 1971 in what was then East Pakistan.

Sirajul Haq said that those executed in Bangladesh had not fought for power. Instead, he said, they were driven by love for Pakistan and its ideology was part of their faith.

He said that Indian Prime Minister Modi had stated in Dhaka that he had reached the former East Pakistan capital with the Mukti Bahini to disintegrate Pakistan. Sirajul Haq regretted why Pakistani rulers could not approach the International Court of Justice against Modi and Hasina Wajid for their violation of the tripartite agreement of 1974.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 30th,  2015.

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