Jamaat calls for strike in Bangladesh over leader’s death

DHAKA (TIP): Bangladesh’s Jamaat-e-Islami party has called for a nationwide dawn-to-dusk general strike on Sunday in protest of the execution of its leader Abdul Quader Mollah. The announcement to observe the general strike, a day before Bangladesh celebrates the Victory Day, Dec 16, was made minutes after Mollah, the party’s assistant secretary general, was hanged Thursday night, bdnews24.com reported.

“The government has killed Mollah in a planned way ignoring calls from international community and the people of Bangladesh,” acting head of Jamaat Maqbul Hossain said in a statement on party’s website. Earlier in the day, after the Supreme Court rejected Mollah’s petition to review his death sentence, the party in another statement had said: “Awami League will have to pay for each drop of Abdul Quader Mollah’s blood.”

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