The Chief Justice Supreme Court of Bangladesh, in a short order,sentenced Abdul Qader Mulla to death by hanging. The Supreme Court turned the sentence of life imprisonment, earlier awarded to him by a special war crimes tribunal, into a death sentence.
This sentence enraged the members and activists of the Jamaat-e-Islami, who started protesting on the streets of Dhaka and other cities. During these protests, the angry mob estimated to be 2000 in strength torched a police van and indiscriminately damaged other public and private property.The leaders of Jamaat-e-Islami have called a twenty hours nation wide strike against this sentence by the Supreme Court of Bangladesh.
The defense attorney looked visibly shocked at the decision of the Supreme Court and speaking to the media made it clear that after consulting his client he would surely launch an appeal before the apex court to revisit its decision. According to his opinion, it was unprecedented that the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, over turn an earlier decision by a special war crimes tribunal.
The prosecution, on the other hand hailed this decision by the Supreme Court. The Attorney General who also happens to be the Law Minister of Bangladesh was confident that the Supreme Court would not change its judgement and any appeal against the sentence would most probably be dismissed on the first date.
The secular elements and the human rights activists have also welcomed this decision. According to their spokesmen it is high time that people like Abdul Qader Mulla get what they deserve, adding the cautionary note that this process should not come to a halt with this decision as their are many more war criminals among us.
Abdul Qader Mulla, popularly referred to as the “Butcher of Mirpur” is charged for genocide in the war of independence against Pakistan. At the time he committed these war times crimes Abdul Qader Mulla was a student of physics at the Dhaka University.
He is proved to have killed 350 unarmed Bengali civilians in a single day in 1971, in Mirpur, a suburb of Dhaka. Whereas the total figure of people killed in the war of independence against Pakistan stands at a whopping 300,000-500,000. This barbarity is least expected from some one who calls himself a Muslim. He is also reported to be a poet of some repute, so we can question how can a person with the sensibilities of a poet be so ruthless in killing innocent unarmed people in cold blood.
According to the top leadership of Jamaat-e-Islami, the death sentence against Abdul Qader Mulla and four other leaders, a few months back is planned move by the secular government to eliminate the Jamaat-e-Islami, the only party that protects and upholds the true Islamic ideology of Bangladesh.
The sentence against him would be carried out within the coming seventy days. Of course Abdul Qader Mulla has the option to seek presidential pardon/clemency against the death sentence, but it is highly improbable as it will go against his cherished sacred beliefs.
Written By: Iftikhar Tariq Khanzada