Political victimisation: JI activists protest police action against Jamaat in Bangladesh

Accuse Bangladesh premier of misusing the police and judiciary to deliberately target JI workers.


Our Correspondent March 11, 2013
Police walk past piles of paper set alight by activists from 12 parties in front of the national mosque in Dhaka February 22, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD:


Scores of activists of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) gathered in front of the National Press Club on Sunday to protest killings of JI workers in Bangladesh in the past few days.


Dozens of JI workers chanted slogans against the Bangladeshi Prime Minister.

Calling the workers’ killings ‘political victimisation’, the JI activists accused the Bangladesh premier of misusing the police and judiciary to deliberately target JI workers. The Jamaat leaders addressing the demonstration condemned the death sentence handed down to JI Bangladesh leader Maulana Dilawer Saeedi.

“Sheikh Haseena was using the police and the country’s judiciary to target-kill her political rivals,” said Mian Aslam, a former Member of Parliament and deputy president JI Punjab.

He said the courts, putting rule of law aside, were awarding punishments of life imprisonment and death to JI workers and all human rights organisations were silent.

Aslam warned that the international community to stop Bangladeshi government’s ‘atrocities’ against ‘innocent’ JI workers  or it would send the country into a civil war.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 11th, 2013.

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