[Dhaka Correspondent] Jamaat-e-Islami, Bangladesh Thursday claimed there was “no anti-liberation force or war criminal” in the country and doubted the polls would be held in time. “There is no war criminal in Bangladesh. Only 191 war criminals of the Pakistan army were identified and the Awami League government granted amnesty to them,” JeI secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, said in a dialog with Election Commission, where newsmen participated as observers.
“There is no anti-liberation force in the country, either. January 22 election was forestalled because some parties made irresponsible remarks on the issues,” Mujahid added. Asked what role Jamaat played during the 1971 war, he avoided a direct reply, “You find that out and evaluate.”
Earlier, Abdul Quader Siddiqui-led Krishak Sramik Janata League, Ganotantri Party, Jatiya party (Monju) and JSD (Rob) during their talks with EC demanded disqualification of the anti-liberation forces and war criminals including the Jamaat.
Mujahid said that the slow progress of EC work put implementation of its election road-map in doubt. He said political parties should be allowed to run with the election symbols they had traditionally used.
Both the Awami League and BNP recently called on the EC to stop Jamaat using the scales of justice as its election symbol.
Mujahid proposed that the voter registration with photographs be completed by next June through increased cooperation of members of the armed forces, teachers, Imams of mosques as well as members of the ulema.
He also called for steps to remove “fear” among politicians and involve the media in election publicity work in a bigger way.
On registration of political parties, he said EC should adopt a more liberal policy. Any party willing to contest the election should be given the opportunity to be registered at least this time.
CEC ATM Shamsul Huda, and two commissioners M Shakhawat Hossain and Sahul Hossain sat on the first day of talks with Jamaat-e-Islami. Jamaat leaders Delwar Hossain Saidee, Muhammad Qamaruzzaman, Abdul Quader Mollah, ATM Azharul Islam and Abdur Razzak were present in the talks.