|Mastermind of Pathankot, Jamrud, Quetta, University incidents same: Liaqat Baloch|
|[NATION.PK] Secretary General, Jamaat e Islami, Liaqat Baloch, has said that Pakistan was under attack from the enemy and the master mind of the incidents at Pathankot, Jamrud, Quetta, and the Bacha Khan University was the same.|
He was talking to the media after addressing a workers convention at Rawalpindi.
The JI central leader said that the solution of the Kashmir issue was the need of the hour. He said it was in Indian’s own interest to stop terrorist activities and allow the people of the region to live in peace.
He counseled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif not to expect much from New Delhi and instead evolve a national Kashmir policy through consensus that could help restore peace in the region.
Liaqat Baloch said the basic aim of politics and democracy was to serve the masses through a judicious distribution of the natural resources. However, he said, that corruption and plunder of the public money by the ruling elite in the country had pushed the society to the lowest level.
He said that in such a situation, the JI was trying to bring up honest and dedicated leadership through training programs in order to provide true leadership to the masses.
|JI leader sentenced to death in Bangladesh|
|DHAKA: Bangladesh's war crimes court Tuesday sentenced a leading Islamist to death for rape, mass murder and genocide during the country's 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.|
A.T.M. Azharul Islam became the 16th person and the 11th Islamist to be convicted of atrocities by the International Crimes Tribunal, which found him guilty of being a key member of a notorious pro-Pakistan militia. The 62-year-old is the assistant secretary general of the nation's largest Islamist party, the Jamaat-e Islami.
"I am innocent!" he shouted as the presiding judge Enayetur Rahim ordered him to be "hanged by the neck" for the genocide of more than 1,200 people in a flood plain in the northern district of Rangpur.
"No doubt, it was mass murder," Judge Rahim told a packed court, which was blanketed by tight security.
Those killed included hundreds of Hindus — a minority in mainly Muslim Pakistan — in one of the worst episodes of the nine-month war. The conflict ended with the former East Pakistan seceding from the regime in Islamabad, with the help of Indian troops, and becoming Bangladesh.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina created the controversial tribunal, a domestic court with no international or United Nations oversight, in 2010. It has mostly focused on the trials of the Jamaat leaders who opposed the break-up of Pakistan and saw the liberation war by Bengalis as a conspiracy by majority-Hindu India.
Defense lawyer Tajul Islam rejected the charges against Islam and said his team planned to appeal the verdict in the Supreme Court.
"Azharul Islam was a 19-year-old student during the war and in no way was involved in war crime. The charges against him are false and fabricated," the lawyer said.
Jamaat condemned the verdict, saying Islam did not get justice.
"Islam is a victim of the government's continued conspiracy to murder the Jamaat leadership," acting party chief Maqbul Ahmed said in a statement, accusing the government of "arranging false witness statements by its party people."
Jamaat also called a nationwide strike for Wednesday and Thursday.
Previous death sentences handed down against Jamaat leaders, including its supreme and spiritual leaders, plunged Bangladesh into its deadliest unrest last year. Thousands of Islamists clashed with police in nationwide protests over the verdicts and other issues and some 500 people were killed.
|Petition To Ban Jamaat: HC set to hear 4-yr-old plea|
|[Bangla Daily Star] The High Court may decide about legitimacy of Jamaat-e Islami as it is expected to settle soon a four-year-old petition filed over legality of the party's registration.|
Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain yesterday formed an HC bench comprised of Justice M Moazzam Husain and Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque to dispose of the petition.
The chief justice constituted the bench as the petitioners' counsel Barrister Tania Amir on February 18 submitted an application to his office to that end.
The petition will now come up in the cause list of the bench, which would fix a date for hearing the matter, Tania Amir told The Daily Star yesterday.
Following the writ petition, the HC in January 2009 asked the government, the Election Commission and Jamaat to explain why the party's registration with the EC should not be declared illegal.
Sources in the HC said neither the EC nor Jamaat has replied to the rule so far.
Tania Amir yesterday said if the HC endorsed the petition through hearing, activities of Jamaat would be severely limited and the party would not be allowed to contest an election. Besides, Jamaat would not be entitled to get police protection for conducting any meeting and enforcing , she added.
She said the demand of the time was to ban Jamaat as a terrorist outfit which the government could do under the Anti-Terrorist Act, 2009 by following legal procedures.
Section 18 of the Act says, "For the purpose of this Act the government shall have the power to prohibit by order or incorporating in schedule, any organization or reasonable basis of involvement in terrorist activities."
Jamaat has recently undertaken a series of terrorist acts in a systematic manner including burning the national flag, attacks on the Shaheed Minar and journalists and violent activities in front of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque, Tania observed.
Jamaat's lawyer Tajul Islam said they would make a reply to the rule over legality of the party's registration before the HC during hearing.
|US Came to Lead the Region, Not Beat the Taliban: Hizb-e-Islami|
|[Tolo News] The US-led military incursion into Afghanistan was not an attempt to drive out the Taliban or Al-Qaeda, but rather an effort to lead the region, the political head of hard-line Islamists Hizb-e-Islami said Monday at a conference in Pakistain.|
Ghairat Baheer, son-in-law of the group's founder Gulbudin Hekmatyar, spoke to religious leaders from Afghanistan, Pakistain and Iran who met to condemn the presence of forces in Afghanistan.
The group agreed that there will be no peace in Afghanistan if the NATO forces stay.
Leader of Jamaat-e Islami in Pakistain said that the solidarity of Afghans is impossible if NATO troops remain.
"Solidarity of Afghan people is impossible with presence of NATO forces," Ahmad said.
"We want them out of Afghanistan."
Iranian representative in Peshawar also called for the foreign forces to withdraw from Afghanistan immediately, and the religious leaders voiced their opposition towards the signing and recent approval of the Afghanistan-US strategic agreement.
Afghan university professor Abdul Majid Naseri said in an interview with TOLOnews that their comments amounted to interference in Afghanistan, the same as if they were saying how the country should be run.
"Afghanistan is an independent country, we will not allow anyone to interfere in our internal affairs," Naseri said.
"We know better who to sign a strategic agreement with."
The Afghan-US long-term pact was approved by Afghanistan's parliament last week after facing some pressure from political elements in Iran and Pakistain to not approve it.
|DPC warns against restoration of Nato supply routes|
|[Dawn] Jamaat-e Islami (JI) Pakistain chief and Difa-e-Pakistain Council (DPC) central leader Syed Munawar Hasan has said that any attempt to restore supply line of through Pakistain would never bear fruit as the DPC would resist to such a move.|
Addressing a press briefing after a meeting of the DPC leaders here Saturday, Hasan blamed the United States of wanting to destabilize Pakistain and carrying out further attacks like the one at the Salala checkpost that resulted in the deaths of 24 Pakistain soldiers. Morever, the JI chief said that the present rulers were endorsing the "wicked agenda of the genocide of s" in this region.
We are ready to pay any price but would not allow the US and NATO to get reinforcement through Pakistain, he said.
He said that on May 27, the DPC would convene a grand workers convention in while the DPC leaders would finalize their long march on June 5.
The press briefing was also addressed by (JuD) chief
Hafiz Muhammad Saeed said that the long march was only postponed earlier because the leaders of the parties in DPC had decided to use that tool at the appropriate time.
Moreover, Saeed alleged that it was not only the US but also India that was interfering into Pakistain's affairs.
Pakistain is a sovereign state and would never be allowed to become an Indian market, said the JuD chief.
The Difaa-e-Pakistain Council is an alliance of several right-winged religiopolitical parties opposing the US 'war on terror' and Pakistain providing supply routes to NATO troops in Afghanistan.
The council, especially JuD leader Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, has also been a critic of Pakistain's recent granting of Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India.
Saeed is accused by India and the US of ing the 2008 attacks in Mumbai. Earlier this month, US Secretary of State blamed Pakistain of "not doing enough" against Saeed.
|Defence accused of threatening witness|
|[Bangla Daily Star] At the International Crimes Tribunal yesterday a prosecution witness in the case against leader accused the defence of intimidating him at his home in Pirojpur.|
"They [defence counsels] went to my house and threatened me," said 14th witness Abdul Halim Babul, pointing his finger at the defence counsels of Sayeedi.
"Some 300 to 400 people went there and intimidated me," said the 55-year-old village doctor when he was being cross-examined by the defence lawyers after he had testified before the tribunal.
"We were tortured in 1971 [during the Liberation War]. Even now [they] are intimidating me."
The defence counsels were silent in court after the witness made the claim.
Later, before journalists, they denied the allegation.
Lawyer Tajul Islam, a defence counsel who visited Pirojpur to prepare for the case, said the allegations are "not true". He claimed that in December Babul had misbehaved with them when they went to his home to make a map of the location.
"We have the footage to prove it," he said.
prosecutor Rana Dasgupta told The Daily Star that the allegation made by the witness was true.
He said a group of defence lawyers with 300 to 400 activists of Jamaat-e Islami and its front organizations visited some parts of Pirojpur to collect information to defend Sayeedi before the trial began.
"We came to know that they also went to the houses of some prosecution witnesses and threatened them," he said.
The state is providing protection to the witnesses and victims of crimes against humanity as per constitutional obligations, he said.
The three-member tribunal headed by Justice Nizamul Huq finished recording the deposition and cross-examination of Babul yesterday.
It prematurely adjourned yesterday's proceedings at 12:10pm, as the next witness could not be produced due to his illness. The tribunal is supposed to record the testimony of the 80-year-old witness today.
Sayeedi has been accused of committing crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971. He was present in the dock during yesterday's proceedings. He is among six Jamaat leaders, including former Jamaat-e-Islami chief Ghulam Azam and two BNP leaders, facing charges of crimes against humanity before the tribunal.
Babul in his seven-minute testimony told the tribunal that Sayeedi along with other collaborators and Pak soldiers looted and torched his house in Pirojpur on June 2, 1971.
He was standing on the street in front of his house in Nalbunia village when he heard that Pak soldiers and collaborators were approaching towards the area, he said.
"We used to live in fear of the Pak soldiers and Razakars [collaborators]," said Babul, "I entered my home and told everyone to leave.
"They [family members] went into hiding. So did I."
From a distance, they saw Delwar Hossain Sayeedi, Danesh Mollah, Moslem Moulana and some other armed collaborators and Pak soldiers entering his house.
"They looted the house and set it ablaze," he said.
Later, the Pak soldiers and collaborators, including Sayeedi, went to the nearby village of Sankarpasha and set fire to the houses of Khasru Miah and Amir Khan.
"I also heard that they went to Hindupara of Umedpur village, torched many houses and killed people," said the witness.
After Babul finished his deposition at 10:47am, defence counsel Mizanul Islam began cross-examining the witness.
At one point, Mizanul told Babul, "Now, I'm going to ask some unpleasant questions as per my professional responsibilities. You answer if they are true."
Judge AKM Zaheer Ahmed, a tribunal member, then told the counsel, "Do not ask any scandalous questions."
Then, Mizanul asked the witness whether he had secured bail in a theft case filed by one Aklima Khatun from Nalbunia village.
Babul responded that it was not true.
Mizanul then read out the details of the case, including its number (CR-1160, 1982).
At that point, Babul became agitated and stood up in the dock. He sought permission to say something to the tribunal.
Babul said the case had been filed against him to avenge a case he had filed against Aklima in connection with assault on him, which left hack marks on his body.
The witness told the court he could show the marks.
It was then that the witness told the court he had been intimidated by the defence counsels.
Babul said the lawyers went to his house in seven or eight cars along with hundreds of people without any prior notice and intimidated him.
The tribunal then asked Babul to sit down and recorded the fact that the witness had received bail in the theft case against him but that the case was a counter to a case Babul had earlier filed.
Defence counsel Manjur Ahmed Ansari concluded by saying that Babul, a supporter of the Awami League, had made a false statement against Sayeedi on the instructions of his party leaders.
Babul denied the accusation.
|Mojaheed pressed Pak army for hasty killings|
|[Bangla Daily Star] Top leader Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed was involved in killing many people, including freedom fighters and intellectuals, during the Liberation War of Bangladesh in 1971, according to the findings of the prosecution.|
The International Crimes Tribunal yesterday received the formal charge of crimes against Mojaheed after a resubmission by the prosecution.
The tribunal On December 28 last year returned the charge against Mojaheed saying that it had not been arranged properly and asked the prosecution to resubmit a formal charge in an arranged and classified manner by January 16 (yesterday).
The three-judge tribunal, headed by its Chairman Justice Md Nizamul Huq, yesterday fixed January 26 for passing an order on whether it would take the charge against Mojaheed into cognisance for trial.
The fresh charge contains 34 incidents of crime allegedly committed by Mojaheed, secretary general of Jamaat, during the war.
Yesterday after the submission, Prosecutor Mukhlesur Rahman Badal told The Daily Star that they have found proof that Mojaheed (now in jail) had been involved in the killing of eminent music composer Altaf Mahmud and well-known freedom fighter Shafi Imam Rumee.
Rumee is a son of Jahanara Imam, also known as Shaheed Janani (mother of martyr). In her highly-admired book "Ekattorer Dinguli", Jahanara Imam gave account of the days of the nine-month Liberation War and Rumee's murder.
The prosecutor said, "The then Pak occupation army confined six people including Altaf Mahmud and Rumee at the Old MP Hostel in Nakhalpara area of the capital in August 1971.
"Mojaheed and his superior on August 30, 1971 told the occupation army to kill the confined people before the then Pakistain president Yahya Khan had declared amnesty for "separatists" and " s" (freedom fighters).
In September, 1971, Yahya declared amnesty asking the s and separatists to surrender.
The prosecutor said the occupation force and their collaborators led by Mojaheed had killed 50 to 60 men and women after looting and setting fire to 300 to 350 houses in Hindu dominated Baidyadangi and Majhidangi villages of Charvodrason Thana in Faridpur district in mid-May, 1971.
Mojaheed, the then secretary of East Pakistain Islami Chhatra Sangha, had provoked and instigated the then Pak occupation force and its collaborators -- Razakar, Al Badr, Al shams and other organizations -- in killing pro-liberation people by delivering speeches in different places of Rangpur, Bogra, Comilla and Faridpur in 1971, according to the prosecutor.
Badal said Mojaheed, the then commander of Al Badr, was also involved in the killing of intellectuals on December 14, 1971, two days before Bangladesh won its independence.
He said Mojaheed and Nizami, then president of East Pakistain Islami Chhatra Sangha, were involved in conspiring with the occupation army in committing atrocities and crimes against humanity.
The International Crimes Tribunal has so far received the formal charges against former Jamaat-e Islami ameer Ghulam Azam, its present Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami, Nayeb-e Ameer , and Assistant Secretaries General Muhammad Kamaruzzaman and Abdul Quader Mollah and BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury in connection with their alleged crimes against humanity.
|JI, Muslim Brotherhood join hands|
|[Dawn] The Jamaat e Islami Pakistain and the Ikhwanul oon ( ) of Egypt, on Wednesday decided to join hands to solve issues faced by s all over the world and to promote the true image of Islam.|
Both the parties also decided to strengthen the relations between Islamic movements in different countries, and to counter propaganda against Islam.
A three members JI delegation, led by the JI chief Syed Munawar Hasan, is currently on a four day visit to Egypt on the invitation of the Ikhwanul oon chief Dr. Muhammad Badei.
Formal talks between the two sides were held between the JI chief, Secretary General Liaquat Baloch and JI Foreign Affairs chief Abdul Ghaffar Aziz, and the chief Dr Muhammad Badei, Secretary General Dr Mehmudul Hasan and other central leaders.
The two sides held detailed discussions which focused on the need for closer and stronger ties between Islamic movements all over the world. Also discussed during the meetings were the latest situations in and Paleostine.
JI chief Syed Munawar Hasan congratulated the leadership and the Egyptian people on the successful revolution in their country, and also paid homage to the of the Tehrir Square. He also welcomed the recognition of the Ikhwanul oon's legal status within Egypt, and the formation of the Freedom and Justice party.
|Jamaat leaders make bail|
|[Bangla Daily Star] The High Court yesterday granted anticipatory bail to three Jamaat-e Islami leaders including its Dhaka City Unit Ameer Rafiqul Islam Khan in connection with the police assault case.|
The other two leaders on bail are the party's Dhaka City unit Secretary General Hamidur Rahman, MP, and its office secretary Aminul Haque.
Around 1,000 activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and clashed with police at the city's Paltan area last Tuesday, injuring at least 25 people, including 10 .
An HC bench of Justice Shamim Hasnain and Justice MR Hasan passed the order after Barrister Moudud Ahmed submitted a petition seeking bail in the case.
The accused Jamaat leaders were also present before the HC bench.
Assistant Attorney General Gazi Mamunur Rashid told The Daily Star that the government will move an appeal to the Supreme Court against the HC order.
|Dissenting verdict on Jamaat top brass' bail plea|
|[Bangla Daily Star] In a rare occurrence, a two-Judge High Court bench on Thursday gave a dissenting verdict on a bail petition filed by three Jamaat-e Islami leaders including its Ameer Matiur Rahman Nizami in Rajshashi University student Faruk Hossain murder case. Bangladesh |
Two other Jamaat leaders are its Secretary General Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojahid and its Nayeb-e Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee
Senior judge of the bench Justice Moyeenul Islam Chowdhury granted them bail, saying that the names of the accused were not mentioned in the case, although they were shown in this case after four months of the detention.
On the other hand, junior judge of the bench Justice Nazrul Islam Talukder rejected the bail petition, saying that the accused should not be granted bail as investigation into the killing case is going on.
Advocate Tajul Islam, one of the counsels for the petitioners, told The Daily Star that the HC bench will send the bail petition to the chief justice for a decision.
After receiving the bail petition with the dissenting verdicts, Chief Justice ABM Khairul Haque will constitute a third bench of the HC for disposal of the matter, he said.
Rajshahi University leader Faruk Hossain was killed in a clash between and Bangladesh Chhatra League on February 9 last year.
The same day Rajshahi University Chhatra League President Mazedul Islam filed a murder case with Motihar Police Station in this connection.
Jamaat leaders Nizami, Mojahid and Sayedee in August last year jointly filed a bail petition with the HC.
The HC on August 26 issued a rule upon the government to explain why the petitioners should not be granted bail in the case.
After two days of hearing the HC bench passed the verdict.
|Jihadi books, police uniforms seized from city house|
|[Bangla Daily Star] Police seized a huge number of jihadi publications, several pairs of police uniform and replica shotguns and handguns from a two-storey building in the capital's Elephant Road yesterday.|
New Market police early in the morning raided the place based on a complaint that some youths had been trying to break into the building. When police reached the spot the s were gone and the residents were not home.
Yesterday's recovery also includes books and booklets of Bangladesh Jamaat-e Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir, national flags, cassettes and CDs.
Syed Nurul Islam, additional deputy commissioner (ADC) of Ramna zone, said, "Earlier in April, police recovered a huge number of jihadi books and documents from the same house."
The building belongs to Prof Aminur Rahman Majumder, a teacher of Soil, Water and Environment Department of Dhaka University and joint convener of BNP-Jamaat backed White Panel of DU teachers. Locals said the building was left abandoned for the next few months till the new tenants moved in.
Police Prof Majumder's nephew Mostafizur Rahman, who is also a DU employee, and his caretaker Siddique Ullah in connection with yesterday's recovery. The arrestees live in the next building, which also belongs to Prof Majumder. The professor lives in a DU teachers' quarter.
Prof Majumder told journalists that he did not know that the tenants of the building were Shibir .
ADC Nurul Islam said the recovered items indicate unlawful activities. Police are investigating the matter and actions will be taken against those who are involved in this, he added.
Police said they suspect Shibir activities mainly of DU and Dhaka College units used to be operated from here.
Locals, however, alleged that the building has been a Shibir den for the last several years.
|Sayedee shown held in Prof Humayun Azad attack case|
|[Bangla Daily Star] etained Jamaat-e-Islami Nayeb-e-Ameer Delwar Hossain Sayedee was shown arrested yesterday in connection with a case for attempt to kill late Prof Humayun Azad in February 2002.|
Third Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Mohammad Ali Hossain passed the order after the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) inspector Mostafizur Rahman, also the investigating officer of the case, submitted a petition showing Sayedee arrested in the case.
The investigating officer also prayed for a seven-day remand to interrogate him.
The court fixed July 15 for hearing on the remand prayer, and directed the jail authorities to produce him before it on the scheduled date.
Earlier on June 30, Delwar Hossain Sayedee, along with Jamaat-e Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami and Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid, were shown arrested in a slew of cases including four in connection with war crimes, and also remanded for 16 days each.