Jamaat-e-Islami calls for nationwide strike in Bangladesh

Jamaat-e-Islami calls for nationwide strike in Bangladesh
People wave the Bangladesh national flags as they prepare to rehearse singing the national anthem in an attempt to break a Guinness record at the national parade ground in Dhaka March 26, 2014. According to the organizers, at least 254,681 people gathered and sang in chorus the national anthem at the National Parade Square grounds on Wednesday, to break a 2013 record of the greatest number of people singing the same National or regional anthem at the same time. Bangladesh celebrated its 43rd Independence Day on Wednesday. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY) - RTR3IM3M

Dhaka : Bangladesh’s Jamaat-e-Islami party has called for a countrywide strike tomorrow after the Supreme Court upheld death penalty for its chief Motiur Rahman Nizami for arms trafficking and 1971 war crimes against humanity.

According to The Daily Star, it is the first strike called by the party after it lost registration amid calls for a ban.

A four-member bench of the Appellate Division upheld his death in three charges, life imprisonment in two and acquitted him in three other charges.

Nizami was the last high-profile suspect to be tried for 1971 war crimes. The court delayed his verdict in June 2014 because of his poor health.

The special tribunal had last year said that death would be the only fitting punishment for the horrendous crimes which Nizami committed. (ANI)