ISLAMABAD – Ameer Jamaat-e-Islami Syed Munawar Hassan has said that the government of Pakistan should have reminded the Bangladeshi government through secret diplomacy that Dhaka was bound not to proceed war crimes against anyone according to the agreement singed between the two countries right after the 1971 tragedy.
While addressing a seminar on the East Pakistan tragedy in Islamabad on Monday, Munawar Hassan stressed the need for setting priorities afresh in the wake of the hanging of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh leader, Abdul Qadir Mollah, which he said had touched hearts and minds of the people.
The JI ameer questioned as to why did the-then rulers of Pakistan not accept Sheikh Mujeeb-ur-Rehman’s mandate in 1970 elections, and as to what could he do if he came to Islamabad as ruler, as majority of the bureaucracy was from the West Pakistan.
He held politicians responsible for the 1971 incident, who he said raised “There You there and Here We” slogan, an oft-repeated statement attributed to late Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto about power sharing.
Syed Munawar Hassan said that such type of politics eventually led to the fall of Dhaka on December 16, 1971.
The JI leader said that when we contest elections and talk of democracy, then we should have at least some regard for the elections results as well. “This should not be the case that if the results emerge contrary to our expectations, we reject them,” he added.
He also criticized the statement emancipated from the Foreign Office over the hanging the Bangladesh’s JI leader, saying that the Foreign Office Spokesperson should have refrained from terming the matter internal issue of Bangladesh.
Syed Munawar Hassan advised Pakistan to move the International Court of Justice on the basis of an agreement, which was signed between the two countries after the December 16th tragedy, and according to the said agreement, Bangladesh could not try anyone for the incidents that had led to 1971 incidents. While lauding the Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan’s statement, he called for progress on the matter as per resolution adopted by the National Assembly on the hanging of Abdul Qadir Mollah.
The Jamaat ameer said that the sacrifice of the Bangladeshi Jamaat leader was neither first, nor would it be the last one, adding that the Islamic movements right from Kashmir to Egypt were undergoing unfavourable circumstances; however, they have opted to carry on their struggle peacefully.
Syed Munawar Hassan also called upon the new army chief to present a balance sheet of advantages and disadvantages of the military operations in tribal areas.