|Published : 19 Oct 2016, 18:59:22 | Updated : 19 Oct 2016, 19:02:58|
Bangabandhu independence hero: Maqbul
Newly-picked ‘Ameer’ of Jamaat-e-Islami Maqbul Ahmed has termed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as Bangladesh’s independence hero during his swearing-in.
Maqbul Ahmed has been elected as Jamaat chief for the next three years by secret ballot recently.
He took oath as new 'Ameer' or chief of the party on Monday, five months after the execution of Matiur Rahman Nizami for crimes committed against humanity during Bangladesh’s independence struggles in 1971.
The Jamaat’s chief election commissioner, Maulana ATM Masum, administered the oath, a press release said, without disclosing the place where the oath-taking ceremony took place.
Nizami, who succeeded Ghulam Azam, another convicted war criminal, as the chief of the party, held the position till his execution in June this year. Maqbul had been acting chief of Jamaat for six years till Sept 17, 2016.
After taking charge of his new office, Maqbul has "remembered with respect" Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as the architect of the country’s independence. He issued a statement on Monday night after taking oath as Jamaat 'Ameer'.
"I remember with deep respect and gratitude the persons and valiant freedom fighters whose actions and pure sacrifices during the great Liberation War of 1971 brought us the independent Bangladesh," he said in the statement.
"Especially the architect of independence Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, martyred president Ziaur Rahman Bir Uttam, Jananeta Maolana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani and all the undisputed leaders of the struggle for independence, including the Liberation War commander-in-chief Ataul Gani Osmani," he added, according to a news agency. – bz