Toronto’s motto is “Diversity is our strength” and I’m certain you’ll find this story of our vibrant multiculturalism as enriching I do.
Motiur Rahman Nizami was the leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party during the Bangladesh war of independence. He was accused of also leading the “pro-Pakistan Al-Badr militia which killed top writers, doctors, journalists and intellectuals during the conflict.”
He was tried and sentenced to death for genocide, rape and torture under a special tribunal investigating the conflict which claimed some 3 million lives.
The government is blaming the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), and the Jamaat-e-Islami for the recent upsurge in Islamist violence plaguing the country which has seen the brutal murders of secularists and atheists.
But to some of our fellow citizens Motiur Rahman Nizami is a man wrongly convicted, a man whose only crime was the pursuit of democracy.
The memorial held in honour of convicted war criminal Motiur Rahman Nizami was celebrated at Toronto’s Salaheddin Masjid ,(741 Kennedy Rd, Toronto, ON).
The Salaheddin Masjid is no stranger to controversy, it is well known as a home to “devout” Muslims.
And of course ICNA Canada wrote Stephane Dion decrying the injustice of it all…
There now, don’t you feel better for knowing that?