Rally to express solidarity with JI BD leaders

Karachi: Jamaat-e-Islami JI Karachi chapter staged a rally here on Sunday to express solidarity with the leaders and workers of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh.

JI Amir Syed Munawar Hasan, addressing the rally, said that a massive protest has already started in Bangladesh against the government and the ruling party Awami League.

The rally was staged from Baitul Mukarram and its participants marched to Hasan Square to express solidarity with JI leaders in Bangladesh handed death and life sentences by courts.

Hasan said this protest rally was also against the government of Pakistan for its anti-people policies. He said that the governments of Turkey, Egypt, Tunis and other countries have taken notice of the excesses of Bangladeshi government, but the government of Pakistan has yet to take notice of this injustice. “The atrocities against the JI leaders in Bangladesh are being conducted on the behest of India while the government of Pakistan is playing the role of a silent spectator.”

JI Amir said that the conviction of JI leaders in Bangladesh was a part of political manoeuvring by Awami League, as the popularity graph of Bangladeshi Prime Minister Shaikh Hasina Wajid was on decline. He said the struggle of JI Bangladesh will continue till the fake cases against its leaders are withdrawn.

Hasan informed that the Turkish PM has promised to convene a meeting of Gulf States over the said situation.

Amir JI Sind chapter Dr Merajul Huda Siddiqui, in his address said, that the government of Hasina Wajid was trying to suppress the spread of Islam in Bangladesh. He said that human rights organisations including Amnesty International have rejected the verdicts against JI leaders.

JI Karachi chapter Amir Muhammad Hussain Mehanti said that it was a sheer injustice to give death sentence to Dilawar Hussain and 42 other JI leaders. He said that the aim of holding the protest rally was to compel the government of Pakistan to play its due role in this regard. “We have rejected the conviction of JI leaders in Bangladesh and continue to protest against Bangladeshi government and its courts.”

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz PMLN leader Saleem Zia asked the Bangladeshi government to immediately stop atrocities against JI leaders. “All this is being done because the JI leaders and activists are fighting secularism in Bangladesh”, Zia added. He demanded of the government to call back its envoy from Bangladesh as a token of protest.

On the occasion, a resolution was adopted unanimously by the participants which demanded of the Pakistan government to prove into the blasphemy issue in Badami Bagh in Lahore and award exemplary punishment to those involved in such heinous crime. It further demanded to compensate the Christian families whose houses were damaged in arson incident.

Nasrullah Shajih, Hafiz Engineer Naeemur Rehman, Naseem Siddiqui of JI, Dr Alauddin of PML, Shere Bangal, Hafiz Muhammad Amjad of Jamaatud Dawa, Basharat Mirza of PDP, Maulana Usman Yar Khan of JUIS, Mustaqeem Noorani of JUP, Maulana Ghayyas of JUIF also spoke.