LAHORE - On the call of Jamaat-ud-Dawa, Monday was observed as protest day across the country against the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh leader Abdul Qadir Molla.

In the provincial capital, thousands of workers of JuD reached at Nasir Bagh to attend the protest and offer funeral prayers in absentia for Molla which was led by JD political affairs chief Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki while central leaders of various religious parties also addressed the gathering.

Addressing the protesters, the leaders condemned BD government for victimising Islamists by holding their convictions through Kangaroo tribunals in order to gain political mileage in the coming elections.

They said Molla’s hanging again resurrected the Pakistan Ideology in Bangladesh. They also condemned Pakistani government for disowning those who fought alongside Pakistan Army to protect country’s unity.

On the occasion, Hafiz Abdul Rehman Makki condemned PML-N government and the Foreign Office for giving cold shoulders to those patriotic Pakistanis who were still being punished for their love for Pakistan.

He termed as shameful the statement of Pakistan Foreign Office which said that the death sentences by BD government was internal matter of Bangladesh.

He said if it was Bangladesh’s internal matter than Dr Shakil Afridi should also be internal matter of Pakistan.

He demanded that Pakistan must raise the matter before UN Security Council and OIC as it was a violation of bilateral agreement between Islamabad and Dhaka.

He said religious parties had been demanding Pakistani government for the last three years that they should raise the issue with Hasina Wajed government and ask them to implement the agreement between her father Sheikh Mujibur Rehman and Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto that guaranteed amnesty for those who played any role for and against the creation of Bangladesh.

He said Hasina Wajed had to be reminded that her father had announced pardoning all such accused by implementing that agreement after Pakistan acknowledged Bangladesh in return.

JI Naib Ameer Hafiz Idris demanded that Bangladesh government should be globally condemned for violating human rights and international agreements, and victimising opponents. Tehrik Hurmat Rasool chief Maulana Ameer Hamza demanded that Islamabad lodged formal case against Bangladesh before International Court of Justice for violating the bilateral agreement.

On the occasion, Jamiat Ahle Hadith leader Hafiz Abdul Ghaffar Rupari, Qari Yakoob Sheikh, Sh Naeem Badshah, Amirul Azim, Mian Maqsood Ahmad, Jamil A Faizi, WAPDA Paigham Union Gen Secretary Chaudhry Ehsanur Rehman, Anjuman Tajran Secretary Naveed Tahir and others also addressed.