Release Professor Azam and other: Geelani
JI opposed Bangladesh movement due to Indian interference: Geelani
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani Tuesday urged the Bangladeshi government to release Jamat-Islam Professor Ghulam Azam and other Jamat-e-Islami leaders urgently from jails, saying their arrest for alleged war crimes was an act of “political vendetta.”
In a letter to the country’s president, Sheikh Hasina Wajid, Geelani also sought to defend the Jamat’s non-involvement in the Bangladesh movement during the early 70s due to what he termed as “fear of Indian domination and interference.”
“The reason Jamat-e-Islami did not participate in the Bangladesh movement was because of the apprehension that a Bangladesh which would come into existence on account of India’s help will be nothing but India’s satellite state. Perhaps, if there would have been no Indian intervention, Jamat-e-Islami would have had no problems with joining the movement (for Bangladesh),” Geelani said in the letter
” The apprehensions of Jamat leaders regarding India’s imperialistic intentions have come true as India has time and again proven during the last 40 years that she is no friend of Bangladesh. Otherwise, New Delhi wouldn’t have provoked the people of Chittagong Hill Track areas to fight against Bangladesh and provided them arms training.
Neither would India have done injustice with Bangladesh on water and pursued a policy of turning her into a desert nor would BSF soldiers be killing Bangladeshi citizens like animals,” he said.
Geelani said whatever the reasons behind the creation of Bangladesh, the country today existed as a “Muslim state on world map and every true Muslim wishes her peace and stability.”
” The cases being registered against Jamat leaders are just acts of political vendetta , because the issue of war crimes was settled during the time of Sheikh Mujeeb-ur-Rehman,” Geelani said.
Geelani said, after thorough investigation, the Mujeeb government had held 195 Pakistan army members guilty of war crimes but on April 9, 1974, as a result of tripartite talks between Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indian foreign ministers in Delhi, “these officers were pardoned.”
“Furthermore, under the collaborator’s order , the
Bangladeshi government had charged 37471 people of war crimes but because of lack of evidence against 34623 people , only 2848 faced trial out of which only 752 were awarded punishment while the rest were declared innocent and set free by the courts .
But as result of a general amnesty announced in November 1973 by the government even those who were awarded punishment were set free. Now, 40 years later, your government is trying hard to prove these innocent people war criminals, which is legally, morally and constitutionally unacceptable ” Geelani wrote in the letter, according to a statement issued here.
He said it was unfair to question the patriotism of Professor Azam and other “pro-Islamic leaders.”