Nizami’s son defends father

Staff Correspondent-

Defending his war crimes accused father Motiur Rahman Nizami, Barrister Nazibur Rahman said Al Badr had emerged during the 1971 Liberation War.   He came up with the view while facing cross-examination by the prosecutor as the last witness (DW-4) before the International Crimes Tribunal-1 on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old Barrister admitted that Jamaat-e-Islami is a religion-based political party. “But it’s not true Jamaat was banned twice in Pakistan in 60s for carrying out terrorism and religious fanaticism. It was outlawed for its role in launching movement against the autocratic rule,” he said.

With his accused father in the dock, Barrister Nazibur further said that Jamaat-e-Islami, founded by Abul ‘Ala Maududi, got back its validity following orders by the Dhaka High Court and the Pakistan Supreme Court.

Asked whether the post-independence government prohibited Jamaat-e- Islami along with its student wing ICS as it had perpetrated crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War in collaboration with the Pakistan occupation forces, the DW said: “It’s not true. Bangladesh Constitution prohibited functioning of religion-based political party.”

Replying to a prosecution suggestion, he denied that Gen Ziaur Raman, the founder of BNP, while in power, restored outlawed Jamaat-e-Islami as a political party.

“In fact, Jamaat was revived in 1979 after the annulment of the constitutional restriction on religion based political party.”

 He further said that after perusing the books on Bangladesh Liberation War during his personal investigation he had observed that his father Nizami was “either without reference or with wrong reference” was branded as chief of al Badr whose “name was not in the government list of al Badr, prepared in1972.”

He went on saying, “Since 1986 my father Nizami, after attaining popularity in political arena, was made a victim of political reprisal”.

Barrister Nazibur replied in the negative when asked whether during his personal investigation he met the local people at Pabna and its surroundings like freedom fighters, family members of the 1971 martyrs, victims of the War of Liberation and war-affected persons to pursue them to refrain from giving evidence at the tribunal to save his war crimes accused father.

The two designated prosecutors – Mohammad Ali and Abul Kalam – failed to finish the cross-examination within the tribunal-framed time.

As a result, the three-member tribunal, headed by Justice ATM Fazle Kabir, deferred to Thursday the scheduled prosecution case summing up argument.

During the cross-examination, the tribunal expressed its disappointment as the prosecutors failed to deliver properly for lack of their homework.

Source: BD Chronicle