1 March 2023, Wed, 7:51

District and City Ameer conference held; calls to release Jamaat Ameer and detained other religious scholars immediately

-Professor Mujibur Rahman

A conference of Jamaat-e-Islami’s District and City Ameer was held with the party’s Acting Ameer Professor Mujibur Rahman in the chair. The conference condemned the arrest of Jamaat Ameer Dr. Shafiqur Rahman and many other religious scholars. The conference adopted the following proposals demanding the immediate release of all the Ulama and religious scholars:

Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami has been observing with deep concern that, there is no existence of democracy, rule of law, and constitutional rights of the people. People’s freedom of speech and freedom of expression has been seized away. Torture, repression, and mass arrest are going on everywhere. An autocratic rule is prevailing as well.

The government has chosen the path of conspiracy as they had failed to tackle Jamaat-e-Islami politically. As a part of the same strategy, Jamaat Ameer Dr. Shafiqur Rahman was arrested from his residence on last 12th December at 1 am. Following the arrest, a false case has been lodged against him. He was also harassed in the name of remand. The incident of lodging a false case against such a leader of a clean and humanitarian image is regrettable and we have no words to condemn such injustices.

The incumbent authoritarian government has kept Jamaat’s Nayeb-e-Ameer and former MP Allama Delawar Hossain Sayedee for 13 years, Jamaat’s Assistant Secretary General ATM Azharul Islam for 12 years, former MP Abdul Khaleq Mondol for 7 years, Nayeb-e-Ameer and former MP Maulana ANM Shamsul Islam, Secretary General and former MP Professor Mia Golam Porwar, Assistant Secretary General Maulana Rafiqul Islam Khan and former MP Shahjahan Chowdhury for 18 months behind the bar. Besides, more than a thousand leaders and activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatrashibir have been kept detained unjustifiably. The government is also harassing religious scholars and Islamic personalities.

So, this District and City Ameer conference urged the government to release all detained leaders, activists, and other religious scholars immediately and unconditionally.