Jamaat calls hartal on Monday


Jamaat-e-Islami on Saturday called an eight-hour-long hartal (shutdown) across the country on Monday, protesting the execution of its leader Mir Quasem Ali.

The decision was made public through a press release, signed by the party’s acting chief Moqbul Ahmad, floated to the media minutes after the execution was carried out.

According to the press release, the party will hold Gayebana Janaza (namaz-e-janaza in absentia) and doa mahfil (offer prayers for the departed soul) throughout the country tomorrow.

Last when the Supreme Court binned the petition of Quasem that sought review of the apex court’s verdict of death penalty, Jamaat had also called a shutdown.

Mir Quasem Ali was executed at 10:35 pm on Saturday night at Kashimpur Central Jail in Gazipur for his crime against humanity during the Liberation war of 1971.