Senior leader of Bangladesh’s Jamaat Abdur Razzaq resigns

Senior leader of Bangladesh’s Jamaat Abdur Razzaq resigns

A senior leader of Bangladesh‘s greatest non secular political birthday celebration, the Jamaat-e-Islami, has resigned citing the birthday celebration’s failure to apologise for its characteristic in supporting Pakistani militia 50 years within the past.

Abdur Razzaq, who held the area of assistant general secretary within the Jamaat, suggested Al Jazeera he had been making an strive to accumulate his birthday celebration to apologise for twenty years but that he resigned on Friday after realising it could maybe maybe no longer alternate its mind.

“After I noticed that I could maybe no longer purchase it any longer and that there used to be no hope that the birthday celebration would apologise and I had as regards to the tip of the avenue, I sure to resign,” acknowledged Razzaq.

He acknowledged the resignation used to be also ensuing from the birthday celebration’s failure to rethink its look of the Islamic divulge and restructure itself to was “a democratic principled birthday celebration adhering to Islamic values working throughout the secular structure of Bangladesh”. 

Razzaq’s resignation “has some distance-reaching implications for the Jamaat-e-Islami”, in maintaining with Ali Riaz, a professor of politics and authorities at Illinois State University.

“I’d no longer be bowled over if grassroots activists of the Jamaat now uncover the capacity for the dissolution of the birthday celebration significantly,” acknowledged Riaz.

“The Jamaat’s management’s unwillingness to purchase accountability for its characteristic in 1971 all the map through the battle of liberation has stymied its skill to attraction to the people of Bangladesh. It is an understatement to train that the apology used to be long overdue,” Riaz added.

In December 1971, Bangladesh gained independence following a civil battle that pitted the Pakistani militia in opposition to the Bengali inhabitants living in what used to be then is named East Pakistan. The present Bangladesh authorities claims that three million Bengalis had been killed within the battle, though other estimates express the figure to be within the low to mid tons of of thousands.

Within the 1972 structure of the first authorities of Bangladesh, the Jamaat-e-Islami and all other non secular parties had been banned ensuing from their characteristic within the battle. Nonetheless, in 1979, following the assassination of the nation’s first President, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the structure used to be amended allowing the Jamaat to re-save itself.

Razzaq, also a lawyer, acknowledged that the Jamaat must hold apologised for failing to “toughen the independence of Bangladesh” and in no longer criticising “the atrocities dedicated by the Pakistan militia” all the map through the battle.


In his resignation letter to the leader of the Jamaat, Maqbul Ahmed, launched to the media, he argued that Jamaat’s failure to contend with the 1971 subject has “resulted in a stigma being connected to people who had been no longer serious about the resolution” and that “this persevering with failure of Jamaat [to apologise] has given further ground for it to be viewed as an anti-independence birthday celebration”.


Though the Pakistani militia is accused of many of the killings, militias place up by Jamaat-e-Islami are purported to had been serious about many atrocities.

The institution of an World Crimes Tribunal by the present Awami League authorities in 2010 has to this level resulted within the execution of 5 senior leaders of the Jamaat after they had been convicted of crimes in opposition to humanity and genocide

Razzaq, who acted as chief defence counsel for these Jamaat leaders accused within the conditions on the tribunal, denied that any apology by the birthday celebration would had been an admission of its characteristic in offences dedicated all the map through the battle – handiest of collaboration.

Razzaq also suggested Al Jazeera that he now believed that the birthday celebration must quiet be dissolved.

“Though Jamaat is a staunch political birthday celebration, since 2011 the authorities has no longer given it any area,” the senior lawyer acknowledged.

“The authorities has closed down all its Sixty 5 district areas of work and Four,000 other areas of work across the nation. It will no longer organise any public or indoor conferences and it is no longer always allowed to withhold press conferences and it could maybe maybe no longer purchase piece in elections,” Razzaq outlined.

“In this grief, it is higher for the birthday celebration to dissolve itself,” he acknowledged.

Razzaq, who since the tip of 2013 has lived in “self-exile” in London, acknowledged he has “no diagram of floating a fresh political birthday celebration” in Bangladesh straight away.