Chittagong city unit Jamaat-e-Islami leaders yesterday said Jamaat was in the Pakistan's side during the liberation war of Bangladesh and they don't accept the issue of trying war criminals.
“None of our organisations was involved in war crimes and trial of war criminals is a mockery as the issue is now settled one,” said city unit Jamaat ameer Mohammad Shamsul Islam.
He said this at a press conference at its Dewan Bazar office protesting, what they said, Monday's police attack on Jamaat-Shibir men at city's Anderkilla intersection.
“Jamaat was in the Pakistan's side during the liberation war as then the country was Pakistan. There is no war criminal in our party and the government is trying to stage a drama of mockery in the name of trail of war criminals to divert their failures,” Shamsul said.
He alleged that police foiled their conference where Jamaat Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid was the chief guest on Sunday and attacked on a protest rally on Monday.
"Police arrested our 11 party men and filed a false case,” he alleged.
Whether their stance for Pakistan during the war was wrong or right, Shamsul Islam avoided the query saying that central leaders can make the remark.
The Jamaat leaders also announced a five-day programme demanding withdrawal of the case and release of the arrested party men. The programmes include view-exchange meetings with professional leaders and protest programmes at upazila level.
District ameer Jafar Sadek, city unit general secretary Nurul Islam and Nayeb-e-ameer Afsar Uddin Chowdhury, among others, were present.