The High Court verdict that scrapped Jamaat-e-Islami’s registration with the Election Commission has found a wide coverage in the influential international media.
The UK-based BBC, Reuters and the Guardian, the US-based CNN, Pakistan’s Dawn, Times of India and Qatar-based Al Jazeera highlighted a possible bar on the party from contesting the looming parliamentary elections.
The reports also focused on Jamaat leaders facing trials at the international crimes tribunals for their alleged involvement in crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.
The news agency in its report, headlined ‘Bangladesh court rules top Islamic party illegal’, said the court declared the Jamaat as illegal, “effectively banning it from a general election due early next year.”
It said the ruling that the registration of Jamaat as a political party conflicted with the country’s secular constitution immediately triggered violent protests by party supporters in Dhaka and outside.
The report also mentioned Jamaat’s appeal to the Supreme Court against the High Court verdict and the party’s calling shutdown across the country on Aug 12-13.
BBC’s report ‘Bangladesh High Court restricts Islamist party Jamaat’ says the ruling jeopardised its involvement in next year’s poll.
Quoting Election Commission lawyer Shahdeen Malik, it said the Jamaat must amend its charter and re-apply for registration if it is to contest the polls.
BBC quoted him as saying: “If it (Jamaat) amends its charter to bring it in conformity with the constitution and reapplies for registration, it can be re-registered.”
Source: Bd news24