Saturday, May 28, 2016

For what sin was Maulana Nizami executed in Bangladesh?

The Bangladeshi authorities have just recently carried out a death sentence of Maulana Motiur Rahman Nizami. Nizami was the head of the Jamaat e Islami, which was an opposition party in the country. The current regime in Bangladesh ignored any and all pleas to save the life of Maulana Nizami, who had been a former member of parliament and a foreign minister. Maulana Nizami is now the fifth leader of opposition to be executed upon the direct orders of the completely flawed ICTB or International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh, which is a tribunal which was supposedly created to provide accountability and justice for the international war crimes.

The legitimacy of this tribunal has been demolished owing to irregularities in the procedures, manipulation through political figures and also legal unfairness. Maulana Nizami had been convicted of allegedly war crimes which had been committed during the so called “civil war” which ultimately led to the separation of East Pakistan and thus creating the nation of Bangladesh in 1971. The execution of Maulana Nizami was carried out swiftly after a few sham trials which did not even have basic international criteria. Almost all of the international rights bodies have slammed the proceedings of the ICTB as being against the international legal standards.

These right groups also include the British House of Lords, the Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International amongst other groups and highly notable and dignified personalities from around the world. It is really quite unfortunate that the government of Bangladesh did not pay attention to the appeals or the criticism and has continued targeting the leaders and prominent figures of the opposition against whom no charges of war crimes had been placed by the father of the Bangladesh nation himself, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Rahman had even pardoned the 195 Pakistani soldiers who had been charged with war crimes. This was done under the agreement signed between India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. This pact signed by the three nations had called for reconciliation between all parties which also led to the creation of diplomatic relations between Bangladesh and Pakistan. This entire process had been based upon one single principle, forgive and forget. Father of Bangladesh Rahman uttered these famous words upon the occasion “let the world know how Bengalis can forgive”.

In her first tenure as premier of the country, Sheikh Hasina, who is the daughter of Rahman and now the leader of the Awami League party never called for a legal trial of those individuals who are now being executed on her direct orders. Through this act the entire world, including a high number of Bangladeshi nationals have been shown the sinister truth behind the actions of their premier. Sheikh Hasina shook hands with leftists who were bitter enemies of her father in order to establish a 1 party dictatorship in the country. Going against the ideology of her father by not forgiving and not forgetting and shaking hands with his enemy are clear signs that the daughter of the father of the nation of Bangladesh is certainly not continuing his work.

Source: Saudi Gazette

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