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BNP leaders refrain from attending Ghulam Azam's janaza
Observer Online Report
Publish Date : 2014-10-25,  Publish Time : 18:25,  View Count : 32
BNP has not expressed any condolence at the death of Ghulam Azam, former chief of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, one of the components of 20-party opposition alliance.
Even, no senior leaders of BNP were seen at the namaj-e-janaza of Ghulam Azam, a convict of crimes against humanity. However, a few leaders of BNP have personally expressed sympathy at the death of Jamaat ameer. Ghulam Azam was buried at their family graveyard at Moghbazar Saturday afternoon. Earlier in the afternoon, his namaj-e-janaza was held at the Baitul Mukarram Mosque amid protests from different quarters over taking the body of the high profile war criminal to the national mosque. Hundreds of leaders and activists of Jamaat and its associate bodies joined the post-Zohr janaza prayers of the former Jamaat chief. The former Jamaat-e-Islami chief died on Thursday night at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University at the age of 92. After the death, Ghulam Azam's body was taken to his Maghbazar residence where it was kept until Saturday morning. Leaders and activists of Jamaat-Shibir went there to see his body. Top leaders of some political parties belonging to the 20-party alliance were present at that time, but no BNP leader was seen there. The 20-party alliance component leaders who were present at Ghulam Azam's residence were: Khelafat Majlish ameer Principal Maulana Md Ishaque, Islami Oikyo Jote chairman Moulana Abdul Latif Nezami, Labour Party chairman Dr Mostafizur Rahman Iran, NDP chairman Golam Mortoza, Nezam-e-Islami Party chairnman Advocate Abdur Rakib, Jagpa general secretary Khondker Lutfur Rahman, and Islamic Party chairman Advocate Abdul Mobin. Besides, ATM Hemayetuddin, Dhaka City ameer of Islami Andolon and Nurul Huq Mazumder of Muslim League were present. Meanwhile, BNP has not formally issued any message expressing condolence at the death of former ameer of Jamaat, a key ally of the party. When the attention of BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir was drawn to the matter, he declined to make any comment. Fakhrul told journalists at a press conference at Khaleda Zia's Gulshan political office on Saturday that "it is not the subject of today's press conference. I've told you everything about the subject the press conference has been convened for."   On Friday morning, BNP standing committee member Gayweshar Chandra Roy expressed his condolence at a function at National Press Club. Regarding the death of Ghulam Azam, he said: "I don't know anything about the party's position about it, but I'm expressing my condolence at the death of Ghulam Azam and conveying sympathy to his family members." BNP's publicity secretary and former opposition chief whip in parliament Zainul Abedin Faruque also expressed his personal condolence. "I've deep respect for Ghulam Azam as an elderly politician and language activist," he said at a function at National Press Club. Meanwhile, the second namaj-e-janaza of Ghulam Azam was held at Baitul Mukarram Mosque premises after Zohr prayers on Saturday. It was attended by thousands of leaders and activists of Jamaat-Shibir and 20-party alliance leaders along with common people. But, no top leaders of BNP were seen there. No BNP leaders except the president of a faction of BFUJ and BNP chairperson's adviser Shawkat Mahmud, pro-BNP professional leader Dr AZM Zahid Hossain and Jatiyatabadi Ulama Dal president Hafez Abdul Malek were seen at the namaj-e-janaza. However, it is learnt that many BNP activists took part in the janaza.   ZA

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