The ruling Awami League smelled a rat over the announcement of forming new political party by the Jamaat-e-Islami, collaborator of Pakistani occupation force, during the War of Liberation in 1971.
The move comes after the Islamist party lost its registration as a political organisation.The AL is not tense or bothered about the announcement by the reformist of Jamaat, a key ally of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, but urged the law enforcers to look into the matter as their past record was not good and their every motive was suspicious.
The ruling party leaders cast their doubt that the announcement of forming a new political party is nothing but ‘old wine in a new bottle’. Even the party did not express apology to the nation for their crimes against humanity during the War of independence in 1971.
Casting doubt over the reassembling of Jamaat, Awami League presidium member Mohammad Nasim said all have to remain alert as people found their past activities suspicious and had hatred against them.
“Law enforcers should look into the motive over their reassembling and be aware of their activities,” Nasim, also spokesperson of 14-party alliance, said, adding that their track record is the worst and destructive.
After the cancellation of Jamaat registration by the Election Commission in 2018, the party has recently decided to form a new outfit by giving responsibility to a five-member committee which is nothing but an ‘eye-wash’.
On Saturday, the reformist section of Jamaat announced that they want to form a new political organisation headed by ousted Jamaat leader Mojibur Rahman Monju, also former Islami Chhatra Shibir chief.The faction had called for reforms to the party following the war crimes trials against their party leaders over their role in the Liberation War in 1971.
Last year, the party’s assistant secretary general Abdur Razzaque issued an apology for Jamaat’s role in the War of Liberation before resigning from it.
An Awami League leader said, “I think Jamaat will not change its ideology except bringing about a few changes for taking registration as a political outfit and there will be no benefit if Jamaat reforms without making an apology to the nation for their crimes during the War of Liberation in 1971.”
AL acting general secretary Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif said Jamaat has no moral right to do politics in the country as most of its leaders committed crimes against humanity during the War of Liberation in 1971.
“There is no scope for them (Jamaat) to do politics in the country whatever name they give to their new party,” Hanif, also joint general secretary of AL, said, adding that they also decided to look into what sort of political outfit the jamaat men are going to form.
However, the AL leaders did not make any remark on banning Jamaat as there is a case pending with the court.