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Bangladesh Supreme Court maintains Jamaat leaders’ death sentence

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DHAKA — The Bangladesh Supreme Court on Tuesday maintained death sentence for Mir Quasem Ali, former Al-Badr and Jammat-e-Islami Party leader, for being involved in atrocities against Bangalis during the Liberation War in 1971.

Al-Badr was a paramilitary wing of the West Pakistan Army, which worked in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) against the Bengali nationalist movement during the Bangladesh Liberation War.

The verdict cited the crimes against humanity that were committed by Quasem as the Chittagong area commander of the Al-Badr.

The International Crimes Tribunal has upheld the punishment on eight counts, acquitted him on one, and changed the penalty in another. Quasem has challenged the verdict, bdnews24.com reported.

People across the country rejoiced over the court’s decision. Celebratory marches were held at some places.

Quasem was the Al-Badr’s third most important functionary after Jamaat-e-Islami chief Motiur Rahman Nizami and Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid. His funding helped the Jamaat secure a strong foothold in independent Bangladesh.

Quasem has been a member of the JeI’s central executive council and the party’s fifth most important leader.

 

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Civil service employees disagree ordinance

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RUPANDEHI- The Nepal Civil Service Employees Union (Association) Province-5 has expressed discontent on the employees’ adjustment ordinance brought out by the government.

Noting that the employees’ adjustment ordinance was introduced against the common understanding of the employees, the committee on Monday submitted a 12-point memorandum to the federal government through Province-5 Chief Minister and Office of Council of Ministers.

It may be noted that a 22-point common concept was submitted to the government through Chief Secretary of the federal government after holding discussions among national level trade unions of civil service. The discussion was coordinated by the authentic trade union of civil service employees.

The committee has expressed disagreement on the issuance of employees adjustment ordinance-2018 against the share concerns against the shared concept of the employees.

The Nepal Civil Service Employees Union (Association) has been insisting on the government to adjust employees as per the Adjustment Act-2074 and immediately enforce the voluntary retirement plan as per the Clause 13 of the Act.

A team headed by Association Province-5 Chairperson Madan Gautam had submitted the memorandum to Secretary of Chief Minister and Council of Minister, Basanta Adhikari.

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