On May 10, 2016, Turkey’s president Erdogan blasted world leaders for their silence over the execution of Motiur Rahman Nizami, 73, former cabinet minister and Emir (president) of Bangladesh‘s (formerly East Pakistan) top Islamic political party Jama’at-e-Islami while thousands of people protested in Ankara and Istanbul against Nizami’s execution on the orders of country’s prime minister Hasina Mujibur-Rehman, an Indian puppet.
“I condemn the mentality that sentences to death a mujahid, who is over the age of 70 and who we believe has no earthly sin. I think that such proliferation of hatred there, and the ordering of such death sentences despite our repeated initiatives, is neither fair governance nor a democratic mentality,” said Erdoğan.
Turkey withdrew its ambassador Devrim Öztürk from Bangladesh.
Bangladeshi Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan said Nizami, was hanged at 12:10 a.m. local time on May 11 inside Dhaka central jail amid tight security. He was executed for his party’s support of a ‘United Pakistan’ against India’s insurgency.
Maulana Nizami refused to seek clemency from Hasina appointed Bangladesh president Abdul Hamid, 72.
Pakistan foreign office remanded Bangladesh ambassador in Islamabad over the execution of Nizami, calling it judicial murder. Tens of thousands of people protested in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad against the execution of Nizami while declaring him a martyr in service of Islam.
Strangely, on May 18, Israel’s pro-Likud newspaper, The Jerusalem Post, commenting on execution of Nizami called it, The Vendetta of the Bangladeshi government.
Dr. Chandra Muzzafar, president International Movement for a Just World (JUST), Malaysia, claims that the case against Nizami was fabricated by anti-Islam Dhaka government on the behest of India and the West.
“The death sentence against Nizami has been condemned by government leaders and opposition figures from a number of countries, apart from human rights organizations, other civil society groups, and intellectuals. For many of them, the so-called ‘evidence’ against Nizami was weak and appeared to be fabricated; the trial itself was faulty and the verdict was from all accounts pre-determined. The entire trial process violated established international norms and standards,” Muzzafar said.
I never met Maulana Nizami during my service in Dhaka, but I had the honor of meeting Jama’at-e-Islami’s founder Syed Abul A’la-Maududi (1903-1979) on several occasions in Lahore where he was buried. He was author of 108 books on Islam, and Islamic Jurisdiction in Urdu and Arabic, even though he had no Islamic or public schooling. His father hired teachers and Islamic scholars to teach his young son at home. Iran’s Supreme Leaders, Ayatullah Ali Khamenei has translated some of Maududi’s books in Persian language.
Jama’at-e-Islami exists as a political party in Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan.
Inna lillaahi wa inna ilayhi Raaji’oon (We belong to Allah and shall return to Him).