The Jamaat-e-Islami will be banned within this year after following 'due process of law', says Food Minister Qamrul Islam.
Speaking at a rally before the National Press Club on Thursday, he said, “No organisations run by war criminals should be allowed to function in Bangladesh. The Jamaat will be banned within 2016 but by following the due process of law.”
The rally was called to resist the shutdown that the Jamaat enforced on Thursday over the Appellate Division’s upholding of the death penalty for its chief Motiur Rahman Nizami on charges of committing war crimes during Bangladesh’s Liberation War.
Islam said the execution of Nizami was now ‘only a matter of time’.
“War criminals are being tried one after another in keeping with the Awami League’s election pledge to hold trials,” he added.
The Jamaat was violently opposed to the birth of Bangladesh in 1971. Three of its leaders have already been hanged, several are on death row and several more are facing trials for crimes against humanity committed in 1971, according to bdnews24.com.