By Ahmad Abdul-Aziz
DHAKA – A few days before his execution, Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, the assistant secretary general of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami party, gave his last interview to OnIslam.net, conveying his hopes and wishes for his country.
The interview was conducted last March 28th with OnIslam.net correspondent in Dhaka central jail, where he gave his last hopes for Islamic movement and Muslim Ummah.
Kamaruzzaman, 62, was convicted of crimes including the killing of at least 120 unarmed farmers.His execution was made effective despite United Nations, the European Union and the Human Right Watch calls to commute his capital punishment.He was hanged on Saturday, April 11, at 10:30 pm after he refused to seek clemency from Bangladesh’s president.
Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami said in a statement that the hanging of Muhammad Kamaruzzaman was a conspiracy, accusing the government of denying his a fair trial.
Protesting the planned killing of Kamaruzzaman, Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami called for a down to dusk shut down throughout the country.
During court sessions, Kamaruzzaman insisted he was innocent. “All charges against me are false and fake which are made by government prosecutors. I am victim of tyranny and unjust by the present government,” he said.
The Islamic leader was buried in Kumri Bajithkhula Orphanage around 5.20 am on Sunday, April 12, as per last wishes. He established the orphanage in his village in Sherpur district which is 200 KM away from capital Dhaka.
Read his last comments:
How do you see the current Awami regime in Bangladesh?
Present regime and Bangladesh Awami League, ruling party, have already destroyed themselves in all sides and areas by their negative activities.
In Bangladesh, Islamic student movement is going advance day by day, no any force will be able to resist Islamic student movement.
What about the Islamic movement?
We should train young Muslims on information technology and modern sciences. This information technology and science should be used for Islamic movement and preaching of Islam throughout the world.
Islamic organization and forces should be working in media, cultural fields and sports, including cricket.
Islamist forces should avoid all kinds of differences and contradictions between themselves, uniting under one Islamic cause on national and international levels.
Do you have a message to the people of Bangladesh?
I would urge them to spread the spirit of Islam, Qur’an and Hadith in all villages, cities and towns in Bangladesh.
Islamist and Nationalist forces will go to power in Bangladesh and finally Islamist force will dominate in politics and to govern Bangladesh insha’Allah [God willing].
Who is Kamaruzzaman
He was central president of Bangladesh Islami Chatra Shibir, leading Islamic student organization which was established in 1977 from Dhaka University.Kamaruzzaman was born in 1952 at Sherpur, a northern district in Bangladesh. He earned his Masters degree in journalism from Dhaka University in 1976.
He joined Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami in 1979 as a senior assistant secretary and secretary of International relations secretary of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami till death.
As a political leader, Kamaruzzaman played vital role to establish democracy, good governance and Islamic rule in Bangladesh since 1980’s.
He was executive editor of a vernacular daily and editor of leading national weekly Sonarbangla.
He was also a member of National Press Club of Bangladesh and member of Dhaka Union of Journalists which is a pioneer organization for Journalists in Bangladesh.
The 62-year-old Jamaat leader was arrested on July 13, 2010, at the Bangladesh Supreme Court gate to be hanged five years later in Dhaka prison.