Azadi leaders offer absentia prayer for Bangladesh’s ‘war criminal’

Azadi leaders offer absentia prayer for Bangladesh’s ‘war criminal’

By Ishfaq Reshi

SRINAGAR: Tehreek-e-Hurriyat on Wednesday offered funeral prayer-in-absentia for Motiur Rahman Nizami, the Jamaat-e-Islami leader who was executed in Bangladesh capital Dhaka for war crimes.
The funeral prayer was offered at Hamza Masjid, Lal-Chowk.
Nizami, the leader of Bangladesh’s largest opposition party, was executed on Wednesday inside the Dhaka Central Jail, after his final appeal against his death sentence was dismissed. He had refused to seek mercy from the President of Bangladesh.
Seventy-three-year-old was the fifth and highest-ranked opposition leader to be executed since 2013 for war crimes in Bangladesh. He was also the cabinet minister of the country from 2001-2006.
Tehreek-e-Hurriyat members, who participated in the prayer, said: “Nizami has been deprived of justice. He is a victim of political vengeance.”
They alleged that the renowned Islamic personalities were being targeted everywhere in the world.
“We condemn the execution of top Islamist leader of Bangladesh Motiur Rahman Nizami,” they added.

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