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A Victim of Conscience…..Prof Ghulam Azam

Bangladesh government established the ‘International Crimes Tribunal’ claiming to put behind bars all those who were supposed to be involved in loot, plunder and arson rape and killings during war of independence in 1971.
In a country which has a list of unresolved problems, this issue has provided electronic and print media with a topic of interest. After nabbing NP and JIBD central leaders, Hasina government has arrested Professor Ghulam Azam under same false pretext. If the human rights violations remain unchecked by international body, BD government may create many more problems for itself. It is a known reality that, outside India, Hasina wajed is a trustworthy ally to New Delhi, no matter in power or in opposition.
Awami League government nabbed Salahuddin Qadir Chaudhry and Abdulaleem alleging them of collaborating with Pakistan Army during 1970, later on Moteeur Rahman Nizami and Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mojaheed were arrested under same charges.
Now, 89-year-old Professor Ghulam Azam has also been arrested to defend himself in front of the International Crimes Court. Would justice prevail, this is a question for the conscience of Bangladeshi people and ruling and opposition parties as Professor Ghulam Azam is a very important political leader in Bangladesh.
Highly revered by the Islam-loving people of the country, he has been the prime target of physical and intellectual assaults of the secular quarter of the society. He was the prime organiser of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh and one of the key players of most of the historic events of the nation including the Language Movement, movement for democracy in the 60s and 80s. He presented the caretaker government formula which became a foundation stone of our democracy.
He was born in November 7, 1922 at Lakxmi Bazar Shah Shaheb Bari in Dhaka, the house of his maternal grandfather, the late Shah Shaheb. He received his masters in political science from Dhaka University.
He was a popular student leader in his student life. He was scout leader and a sportsman in his early schooling. He became assistant secretary to East Pakistan Cultural Union for the term 1945-1946. He was elected secretary general to the Hall Union of famous Fazlul Haque Muslim Hall of Dhaka University for the term 1946-47 and the secretary general to Dhaka University Central Students Union for 1947-48 and 1948-49 terms.
Professor Ghulam Azam played a leading role in the Language Movement of the country. In November 1948, he submitted a memorandum to the prime minister of Pakistan on behalf of the students of Dhaka University demanding the state language status for Bangla.
The movement continued, he was arrested in charge of the movement in 1952 and 1955, and, at a stage, the government had to declare Bangla as a state language of Pakistan.
Professor Ghulam Azam was a practicing Muslim from his childhood. He came in touch with the political and cultural thinking of Islam through a cultural organisation named ‘Tamaddun Mozlish’. Being a teacher of Political Science in Rangpur Kermichle College, he established a branch of ‘Tamaddun Majlish’ in Rangpur in 1952.
His quest for leading the life of a complete Muslim took him to Tablig Jamaat. He was the chief of Tablig Jamaat of Rangpur for the period of 1951-1954. His separate experiences with ‘Tamaddun Majlish’ and ‘Tablig Jamaat’ increased his longing for an organisation that could cover both the spiritual and sociopolitical aspects of Islam, so he laid the foundation of Jamaat-e-Islami at last.
He became secretary general to Jamaat-e-Islami East Pakistan in 1957 and was jailed in 1964 by the military ruler Ayub Khan. He played a key role in the formation of Pakistan Democratic Alliance (PDM) in 1967. It was all party democratic resistance movement against the military rule of Ayub Khan. He was the secretary general to the Executive Committee of PDM’s East Pakistan Wing. He became the chief of East Pakistan Jamaat-e-Islami in 1969.
Like all other Islamic parties and groups, he did not support the Liberation War of Bangladesh. The reason for not supporting the Liberation War of 1971 was that he did not believe that independence from Pakistan would solve their problem.
He believed in self-rule or autonomy and continued to campaign in favour of that. He was against the Liberation War because, according to him, it was fully controlled by India and, therefore, gaining independence with India’s support could have resulted in the country being indirectly ruled by India. He feared that India would become a bully and would do everything to dominate the politics and economy of the country.
Soon after the liberation, the new government started its campaign for uprooting Islam and democracy from Bangladesh. The government deleted the word ‘Muslim’ and ‘Islam’ from the names of educational institutes, banned Islam-based politics and arrested and tortured noted Islamic leaders and scholars. Professor Ghulam Azam’s very citizenship was canceled and he had to spend his life in exile till 1978.
He was declared the Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami in 1991. He was sent to jail in 1992 and later the court issued his release orders while the Supreme Court reinstated his citizenship in 1994.
He left active politics in 2000 and, currently, he was there to provide guidance to the Islamic thinker and politicians of Bangladesh.
Keeping Prof Azam’s clean political and social life in view and analysing his contribution to the prosperity and development of Bangladesh, it is needed that such a respectable and seasoned politician should be released.
Keeping in view the long detention of Nelson Mandela and Aan San Suchi, BD authorities should learn a lesson and should not open another Pandora Box by humiliating towering Bangladeshi personalities like Prof Ghulam Azam and Moteeur Rahman Nizami.



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15 Comments

  1. sdcuk said:

    Many thanks for highlighting this important issue. It will be a travesty if Professor Ghulam Azam is wrongfully convicted by the biased tribunal set up by the government. International legal organisations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Bar Association have condemned the tribunal, and the internationally recognised war crimes lawyer Steven Kay has stated that it has 'absolutely no credibility'.

    For more information and to find out how to help see <a href="http://www.ghulamazam.net” target=”_blank”>www.ghulamazam.net

  2. Khalil ur Rehman said:

    this article provided us very good information, Pakistani government should play a role in this issue of human rights..

  3. Samiul Haq Sherpao said:

    In Bangladesh, gross violation of human right is a matter of concern for all. Mr. Ayub Munir has studied the issue in detail. Third world countries have last care for the basic human rights of their own citizens. I would like to suggest to publish such articles regularly . Great scholars shall not be made a target of revenge not in India, not in Pakistan or in Bangladesh. thans

  4. asif raza said:

    I am thankful to you for highlighting such an important issue.No doubt this articles is a complete summary of tribunal based on political grounds.As many international analyst have raised questions on the establishment of the so called tribunal.This article states how innocent people of Bangladesh Jamaate Islami are being victimized by the ruling class.I think we can stop this false an illegal inquiry against the patriot Bangladeshis, by writing on such a topics.I hope to see many more such articles on pakistan today.

  5. Shabir said:

    In my view, this thought out article is ever the first about deep, gross human rights violation by a country, which is in hard struggle to gain economic supremacy and prosperity . How a country can make forward by humiliating its people, politician and persons of repute integrityed.

    • Shabir Ahmad said:

      In my view, this thought out article is ever the first about deep, gross human rights violation by a country, which is in hard struggle to gain economic supremacy and prosperity . How a country can make forward by humiliating its people, politician and persons of repute integrityed.

  6. Muhammad Asif said:

    this is a very important issue .human rights violation cannot be bear in modern age.
    concerned departments of the countries should play roll.this is a very good approach by Mr Ayub Munir

  7. Zafrul Islam said:

    The global "contractors" of human rights and freedom of speech go deaf and dumb when any of the muslim activist is cornered in any manner, from any source, in any part of globe. This "confirms" very plum clear, that human right, human liberty, human freedom, freedom of speech . . . and many "catchy slogans" like that are simply global arm twisting tools for muslim activists, at any point of time on any place of globe . . .the 89 years old legendary leader of Bangladesh is no exception . . . Guantamo bay is not an area defined boundary . . . it is a true symbol of tyranny . . . . it exists in its spirit wherever muslims want to live as muslim….. .but the muslims are defiant . . . now round the globe. . . . ..come what it may . . .

  8. M.Haseeb said:

    I am thankfull to Mr Ayub for such a usefull information. Infact it is a point of thinking that what is happening with such great peoples and at the same moment it is shameful for BD gov. It is a great voilation of human rights in this modren age. Concerned authorties must play their positive role in such a matter. Wer cannot deny Professor Ghulam Azam's services.

  9. Faraz Ahmed Saleem said:

    I am thankful to you for highlighting such an important issue.No doubt this articles is a complete summary of tribunal based on political grounds.As many international analyst have raised questions on the establishment of the so called tribunal.This article states how innocent people of Bangladesh Jamaate Islami are being victimized by the ruling class.I think we can stop this false an illegal inquiry against the patriot Bangladeshis, by writing on such a topics.I hope to see many more such articles on pakistan today.

  10. Zubair Abid said:

    In Bangladesh, gross violation of human right is a matter of concern for all. Mr. Ayub Munir has studied the issue in detail. Third world countries have last care for the basic human rights of their own citizens. I would like to suggest to publish such articles regularly . Great scholars shall not be made a target of revenge not in India, not in Pakistan or in Bangladesh. thans

  11. Rashid Ilyas Mehr said:

    Many thanks for highlighting this important issue. It will be a travesty if Professor Ghulam Azam is wrongfully convicted by the biased tribunal set up by the government. International legal organisations such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the International Bar Association have condemned the tribunal, and the internationally recognised war crimes lawyer Steven Kay has stated that it has 'absolutely no credibility'.

    For more information and to find out how to help see http://www.ghulamazam.net

  12. Patriot said:

    Ghulam Azam has been sentenced to 90-year imprisonment, i think he got less than what he deserves actually.
    As a matter of fact, all other war criminals should be brought under justice including those in the Pak Army.

  13. Apu Aranya said:

    We hate Golam Azam and also Pakistan Army… They should be brought under trial for their role in 1971

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