LAHORE - Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Syed Munawwar Hassan has condemned the Foreign Office’s statement describing the convictions of JI leaders in Bangladesh as Dhaka’s internal issue, and said this was something most shameful and shocking.

In a statement on Saturday, he said the JI leaders in Bangladesh were being punished not for some personal crimes but for trying to save Pakistan from split supporting the Pakistan army and trying to foil India’s evil designs against the country. He said these were the people who offered every sacrifice for safeguarding the country’s solidarity. The Foreign Office remarks would certainly be more painful for these patriotic Pakistanis than their convictions by the so-called War Crimes Tribunal, he said.

The JI Ameer said that Islamabad’s statement terming these judicial murders and anti-Pakistan tirade as Bangladesh’s internal issue was in fact the initial ‘fruit’ of the back channel diplomacy with India. He said there was worldwide resentment over the convictions of JI leaders in Bangladesh and different Muslims governments and political parties of some countries had sent protest letters to the Hasina Wajid government whereas the Pakistan’s Foreign Office statement had shocked the patriotic Pakistanis. 

Munawwar said the dissociation of patriotic citizens was not some thing new as Pakistan had been giving such treatment to its well wishers for the last 43 years. He said Islamabad was expected to condemn the Hasina Wajid government for targeting the Islam lovers at New Delhi’s behest, and prevent it from its oppressive policies against them, but unfortunately, it was rubbing salt on the wounds of these pro-Pakistan people. Under the cover of War Crimes, the pro- Pakistan elements were being subjected to state terrorism, he said.

Munawwar said that the JI leaders in Bangladesh were prepared to face trials before any lawful courts under the international laws. As for the so-called War Crimes Tribunal, different world bodies including the Amnesty International, International Bar associations, American Society of International Law, UN Working Group on arbitrary detention and jurists of world repute had already rejected this forum, he added.

Punjab LG bill reflects Zia’s 1979 Ordinace: Mehmood

Terming the Punjab Local Government Bill reflection of General Ziaul Haq’s Local Government Ordinance 1979, Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Mian Mehmood-ur-Rasheed claimed the opposition would give a tough time to the treasury on tabling the bill in the provincial legislature.

Mehmood expressed these views while addressing a press conference at the Punjab Assembly committee room on Saturday. He maintained the provincial government’s proposed bill for local government system deprived the local system of financial and administrative powers without which the local governance was not possible. He claimed the local government bill suggested electing the mayors and district chairmen on non-party basis, which would encourage the negative trend of buying the said offices.

The opposition leader observed giving all powers to DPOs and DCOs concerning the law and order in the bill reflected the provincial rulers’ desire to depend on the bureaucracy instead of relying upon the elected members of the local government system.  He maintained the provincial government wanted to introduce two separate local government systems for the cities and the villages through its bill, which would divide the urban and rural population. Mehmood warned the opposition would move the court of law if the government tried to impose its local government system on the people of the province.

He said the opposition would wear black bands if the treasury tabled the local government bill in the house.