Steps to be taken for quick hearing on Jamaat petition: AG

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Staff Reporter:

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam on Sunday said he will take steps so that hearing on a petition filed by Jamaat-e-Islami challenging a High Court order that had cancelled its registration as a political party is held as soon as possible.

“The registration of Jamaat-e-Islam had been cancelled with the High Court verdict. A case is pending with the Appellate Division in this regard. So, the Prime Minister has rightly said that no executive order can be issued over a sub-judice matter. So, we’ll try to ensure that the matter is heard as soon as possible,” he said while talking to reporters at his office.

About the resignation of Barrister Abdur Razzak from Jamaat, the attorney general said it does not matter whether they offer apology or not for their war crimes. “However, the war crimes trial will continue.”

On Friday, Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general Barrister Abdur Razzak sent his resignation letter from the UK to Jamaat Ameer Maqbul Ahmed as he said the party failed to apologise for its anti-liberation war role in 1971 and reform the organistion based on reality.

“The aim of a political party is to come to state power through election. How will a party join the election if it has no licence? And those who do politics without registration are called underground parties which the general people of the country don’t accept,” Mahbubey Alam said.

If any political party wants to do politics, it must have a ‘licence’ from the Election Commission, he said, adding that the case over cancelling that ‘licence’ is pending with the Appellate Division. “Hope, we’ll able to take steps as soon as possible for its hearing.”

About doing politics by Jamaat with a new name, the attorney general cited the example of Adolf Hitler, saying, “Hitler is no more. Will German people face any difficulty to understand if anyone starts politics with the ideology of Hitler? The same is applicable for Jamaat here.”

On August 1, 2013, the High Court cancelled the registration of Jamaat-e-Islami which opposed the independence of the country during the 1971 Liberation War.

On the same day, Jamaat filed an appeal with the Appellate Division seeking a stay on the HC order.unb

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