PESHAWAR: Ameer Jamat-e-Islami (JI), Syed Munawar Hassan said that the recently executed Bangladeshi leader Abdul Qadir Mulla’s support for Pakistan in 1971 was in fact his patriotism, as the two countries were one at the time – ARY News reports.
Addressing journalists at the party’s provincial headquarters, Munawwar Hassan said the Bangladesh government would have been justified in its action had Mulla acted against the country after its independence from Pakistan.
He claimed the Hasina Wajid-led government has lost public trust, and wants anarchy and martial law in the country to avoid elections so that the opposition, led by Khalida Zia, may not gain power.
The JI Ameer said the historic protests by the Bangladeshi people against Mulla’s execution were a testimony of the fact that Mulla was a patriotic Pakistani and later a patriotic Bangladeshi.
He criticized the Federal Government for failing to stop the execution, and said he was saddened by the Foreign Office statement terming the execution Bangladesh’s internal matter. However, he welcomed Interior Minsiter Chaudry Nisar Ali Khan’s statement on Mulla’s hanging wherein he termed it ‘most regrettable and painful’.
Commenting on drone attacks, Munawwar Hassan said that the provincial government had succeeded in denting the US by blocking the NATO supplies and the Central Government can use the situation to its advantage by asking for a cessation to drone strikes in return.
He further questioned the appointment of Maryam Nawaz as head of the PM’s youth loan scheme and said it was a question mark over the project’s transparency.
He demanded the Government to reveal Maryam’s credentials to be leading such a project.