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Bangladesh elections: Jamaat-e-Islami faces wipeout

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  • Tarek Fatah
    Friends, The verdict from 140 million Muslims of Bangladesh is in: They have trounced the Islamists in yesterday s elections, literally wiping out the
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 30, 2008

      The verdict from 140 million Muslims of Bangladesh is in: They have trounced the Islamists in yesterday's elections, literally wiping out the Jamaat-e-Islami from the map of the country. As the New York Times said this morning, Secular Party Wins Landslide Vote in Bangladesh. 

      You wouldn't hear of this development if you were attending the so-called 'Islam festivals' organized by Islamists in Toronto or Chicago, where speaker after speaker gives the impression that the Muslim world is mirrored in North America by such followers of the Muslim Brotherhood and Jamaat-e-Islami as ISNA, CAIR and ICNA--all unindicted co-conspirators in terror trials--while naive non-Muslim journalists lap up this propaganda without any critical investigation of who is behind this so called "Revival of Islam".

      The Bangladesh Jamat-e-Islami  was a crucial ally of former premier Khaleda Zia's BNP-led four-party alliance. It held 20 seats in the outgoing parliament and sat in cabinet, but on Tuesday it suffered a drubbing with all party stalwarts biting the dust in the general elections, winning n only two seats in the 300-member parliament, while its chief Motiur Rahman Nizami and secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojahid conceded defeat.  The result brings back memories from 40 years ago, when in 1970, the Jamaat-e-Islami faced a similar wipe-out, failing to win a single seat in what was then East Pakistan.

      The Daily Star of Dhaka reflected the mood of the nation. In a report titled 'Jamaat in jeopardy', the newspaper said, "The anti-liberation forces have been defeated once again, this time through peoples' verdict ... While it is a sweet revenge for Bangladeshis against the war criminals, the verdict will make stronger the demand for their trial."

      The Jamaat-e-Islami collaborated with the Pakistan Army during the 1971 war and its stalwarts Nizami and Mojahid led the so-called elite Al-Badr forces, a fascist Gestapo like Islamist outfit that carried out the massacre of Bengali intellectuals after abducting them just two days ahead of Pakistan's defeat on December 16 in 1971.

      Bangladesh has sent a message to the rest of world: Given a chance and a right to vote, Muslims will not put up with the Islamo-fascists in their midst.

      Here is a report from Dhaka. Joy Bangla!

      Tue, Dec 30th, 2008 11:36 am BdST

      Jamaat-e-Islami faces wipeout

      BD News.com

      Dhaka, Dec 30 (bdnews24.com) – Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, a key component of the BNP-led bloc, saw its stock plummet in Monday's polls. Facing many hostilities in the run-up to the vote and playing its religion card more mutedly than before, the party polled only two seats—a good 15 fewer than it had in the last election where it netted 17 seats. 

      Jamaat, which rebranded itself to be registered with the Election Commission, won the Chittagong-14 (Satkania) seat with Shajahan Chowdhury. A party 'renegade', Hamidur Rahman Azad, won Cox's Bazar-2. 

      The reversal of their political fortunes was so stunning that its chief former minister Motiur Rahman Nizami, secretary general Ali Ahsan Mohammed Mujahid, and firebrand Delwar Hossain Sayeedee lost by massive margins. 

      Jamaat contested in 39 parliamentary seats. 

      Nizami ran for Pabna -1, Mojaheed for Faridpur-3, Mohammed Kamruzzaman for Sherpur-3, A T M Ajharul Islam for Rangpur-2, Abdus Sobhan for Pabna-5, Sayeedee for Pirojpur-1, Syed Abdullah Md Taher for Comilla-11 and Hamidur Rahman Azad vied for Cox's Bazar-2 among the seats. 

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