Siraj condemns execution of Bangladesh JI leader

Source: Published in Current Affairs on Monday, November 23, 2015

BANNU: Jamaat-i-Islami chief Sirajul Haq has condemned the execution of Ali Ahsan Mujahid in Dhaka prison and said that the Bangladesh government is punishing people for their loyalty to Pakistan.

Addressing a public meeting here on Sunday, he criticised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif for their silence on the execution of people who had supported the Pakistan Army in 1971. He said that today was a black day because a true friend of Pakistan was executed in Dhaka.

The JI chief said that Bangladesh had been violating the bilateral agreement by executing pro-Pakistan people.

“Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajid is killing those people who believed in ideology of Pakistan and opposed separation of East Pakistan,” he said.

Says Nawaz can go to India if he likes liberalism

Mr Haq said that Islamabad had adopted silence on the execution of those people who had shown loyalty towards Pakistan and supported its soldiers in 1971 war.

He also came down hard on the prime minister for his recent statement in which he (Nawaz) had stated that the people wanted liberal Pakistan. “Nawaz Sharif can go to India or Bangladesh if he likes liberalism and secularism,” he said, adding that the people could lay down their lives, but would not accept liberal and secular Pakistan.

The JI chief said that successive governments had mortgaged the country with the World Bank and other international financial institutions. Terming Dr Aafia Siddiqui “the honour of Pakistan”, he said that the leaders had been visiting America, but they did not gather the courage to ask the US government for her release.

Expressing his concern over the plight of internally displaced persons of Fata, Mr Haq said that the civil and military leadership had announced that 90 per cent area of North Waziristan Agency had been cleared of militants and the state writ established, but IDPs were not allowed to go back to their homes.

He said that IDPs had vacated their homes within 24 hours before launch of the operation in North Waziristan, but the government was yet to announce date for ending the military action there.

He said that JI would introduce uniform education system in the country if it came into power in next general elections. He declared 2018 as a year of change, saying that JI would make Pakistan a true Islamic welfare state.

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