Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has hoped that Jamaat-e-Islami, a religion-based political party that opposed creation of Bangladesh, would be banned after the court settle the issue.
“We perhaps can do nothing until the court delivers judgment,” the Prime Minister told in parliament on Wednesday during the weekly Prime Minister’s weekly question-answer session.
The Jamaat-e-Islami party has been banned in Bangladesh from contesting any election as a political party for its role during the 1971 war of liberation with Pakistan.
The party sided with Pakistan and helped the occupation force to eliminate freedom-loving people during the nine-month war that left, according to official count, more than 3 million people killed more than 200,000 women raped and numerous homes burnt.
Top leaders of the party were executed for war crimes after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2010 set up a special tribunal to prosecute local collaborators of the Pakistani forces. But the party is still active in Bangladesh.
Hasina faced the question in parliament by Tariqat Federation lawmaker Syed Nazibul Bashar Maizvandary from Chattorgram-2 constituency whether the party would be banned soon.
The Prime Minister responded that there was a case now pending with the court over banning of Jamaat, which lost its registration with the Election Commission to run for election as a political party.
She regretted that the leaders of the party contested the December 30 election with the election symbol of “shelf of paddy” of Bangladesh Nationalist Party as its ally.
But she expressed gratitude to the people for rejecting the BNP-Jamaat ally in the provisos election, in which her Awami League-led alliance won an overwhelming parliamentary majority.
Cross section of people have long been demanding an absolute ban of the Jamat-e-Islami party, which was allowed to play in Bangladeshi politics by the former military dictator turned president Ziaur Rahman, the founder of BNP, in the late 1970s.
newsnextbd.com/ reporting by Nazrul Islam