Jamaat Ameer demands releases of party top leaders, activists before Eid-ul-Fitr
Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami’s Ameer Maqbul Ahmad has issued the following statement on 1st June 2019 urging the government to release all detained leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatrashibir even before upcoming Eid-ul-Fitr.
“The government has kept Jamaat’s Nayeb-e-Ameer and renowned religious scholar Maulana Delwar Hossain Sayedee, Nayeb-e-Ameer Maulana Abdus Subhan and Assistant Secretary General ATM Azharul Islam behind the bar for last 9 years in connection with so called cases of crimes against humanity.
Some plain clothed men, claiming themselves as the law enforcers have abducted former Brigadier General Aman Azmi, the son of former Jamaat Ameer Professor Ghulam Azam in August of 2016. The same forces also picked up Jamaat’s former central executive committee member Shaheed Mir Quasem Ali’s son and Supreme Court lawyer Barrister Mir Ahmad Bin Quasem Arman in the same month. Since then, their families are remained unattended about their whereabouts. Though, their families and relatives repeatedly sought government’s intervention to find out their traces. But the government mysteriously remained silent in this regard. The families are waiting for their safe return. Such indifferent role of the government is painful and condemnable. I am asking the government to return them back so that they can celebrate their Eid with their families.
Besides, the authorities have detained many other leaders and activists of 20 party alliances, particularly of Jamaat-e-Islami and Chhatrashibir. Government’s brutal crackdown and arrest drive is continuing even amidst the holy month of Ramadan. The victim families are passing days with severe pains, tension, worries and uncertainties.
Under the circumstances, I am calling upon the government to release all detained leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatrashibir including Maulana Delwar Hossain Sayedee, Maulana Abdus Subhan and ATM Azharul Islam before Eid-ul-Fitr so that they can celebrate the holy occasion with their families.