SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Friday expressed his deep shock and concern over Bangladesh Supreme Court’s death penalty verdict to six Jama’at-e- Islami leaders, saying the country’s government “has invited the wrath of Allah by killing the innocent Muslim scholars and intellectuals”.
In a statement, Geelani said due to India’s influence in Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina is killing Islamists and intellectuals in a “well thought-out plan”. “Bangladesh Prime Minister (Sheikh Hasina) has been dancing (to) the tunes of India to appease (it) and has been targeting the eminent Muslim religious leaders by implicating and executing them,” he said.
“It is murder of justice,” said Geelani. “It will have serious consequences on Bangladesh.”
Geelani said it is moral responsibility of Pakistan to play an effective role as these leaders are being sentenced for “not favouring” the division of Pakistan in 1971. He said Muslim rulers are on “war path” against Islamic scholars and organisations who “are moving ahead and are writing history with their blood and illustrating that no power on earth can stop them (from) serving the interests of Islam.” Strongly criticising Europe, the US and Israel, the Hurriyat chairman said in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan Egypt, Chechnya, Burma and Palestine, they are providing every help to their “puppets” against Islamist forces. He blamed India for carrying out “deceitful political activities” in Bangladesh.
Geelani refuted the allegations levelled against Jama’at leaders in Bangladesh as “baseless” and “concocted”, saying such “brute behaviour” can destabilise the country and create uncertainty in the region.
The resistance leader appealed to international organisations for human rights to take concrete steps against the “tyrant” Sheikh Hasina government to stop hangings.