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Thursday, 01 March 2012
Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami started working with the pledge to safeguard the independence, sovereignty and Islamic values of Bangladesh which became independent through a great liberation war in 1971.  Jamaat-e-Islami has been working from their inception with the Code of Islam bestowed by Alllah (SWT) and shown by Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) to reinstate the full peace and welfare in Bangladesh and with the goal and objective to achieve eternal success and satisfaction of Allah (SWT). Jamaat-e-Islami has been striving to create a national unity and rejuvenate Islamic values in every sphere of national life with the aim to safeguard the country from internal disorder and the attack of outsiders. Jamaat-e-Islami is also trying to build up a prosperous country through creating the responsible citizen, upright and qualified leadership with the motto of full faith and belief in Almighty Allah; democracy, social and economic justice; assurance of freedom and basic human rights regardless of religion-color-denomination; assurance of food, clothes, lodging, education, treatment, life & resources, honor and security for all people. In this case, Jamaat-e-Islami emphasizes creating a world Muslim brotherhood and good relationship with all the countries of the world on the basis of justice and equity.

With the objective to establish Islam fully, Jamaat-e-Islami is trying to create a feeling among all citizens of Bangladesh for following Islam in every sphere of their lives and to make them realize the necessity of establishing Islam through the perfection and development of their thinking by analyzing the real image of Islam to them.  By organizing honest and interested people and making them qualified through training Jamaat-e-Islami has been trying to establish upright and God-fearing leadership in every sector of the society and to bring the change in power in a systematic way through the necessary amendments to the management of the state.
  From the establishment Jamaat-e-Islami has been practicing democracy fully within the organization being a trustworthy political organization in changing the power in a systematic way. Jamaat-e-Islami has been following the system of cadre based organization to practice full democracy and hence they have been able to establish a strong organizational structure through bringing the regular changes in leadership, developing leadership and controlling factional strife. There is no dynasty in Jamaat-e-Islami due to proper practice of democracy and the highest priority was given to the system of taking decision on the basis of suggestion and constructive criticism for giving institutional shape of the democratic system in the organization.   People of the country are responding to clarion call made by Jamaat-e-Islami to aware of all the necessity of great ideology of Islam as a complete code of life. As a result, Jamaat-e-Islami has been able to achieve the importance as one of the major political parties supported by the mass people of Bangladesh. Representatives nominated by Jamaat-e-Islami have been elected in every National Parliament from their establishment.    Jamaat-e-Islami get regular financial support from their followers and well wishers to meet up the expenditure to conduct the party activities and Finance Department (Baitulmal) has been able to show the highest transparency to ensure proper expenditure of the financial support. To ensure participation of women in politics, Jamaat-e-Islami has been able to organize the women of all sectors through their strong women’s wing.   In spite of political mal-circling, violence and corrupted environment Jamaat-e-Islami is actively participating in all movements for strengthening democratic system in a systematic way. Apart from eight parties, seven parties and five parties’ alliance, the role of Jamaat-e-Islami against anti autocratic movement has been appreciated by all sectors. Jamaat-e-Islami addressed the idea of Care-taker government first for holding free, fare and neutral election and also took part in allied movement with other opposition parties for the constitutional recognition of the Care-taker government. To put pressure on government to work for the welfare of the people, Jamaat-e-Islami resumed the systematic program such as demonstration, protest meeting and hartal for the price hiking of essential commodities, taming of corruption and minimizing public sufferings for water-electricity-gas and played important role in different parliament to make National Parliament as a centre point of all activities. For the public interest and against the willfulness of the government, members of the parliament of Jamaat-e-Islami resigned third and fifth parliament.   To safeguard the Islamic values of the country, Jamaat-e-Islami has played a strident role against anti Islamic steps of the government different times. Jamaat-e-Islami always play uncompromising role against the expansion principles of regional predominating and totalitarian group to keep the national interest and sovereignty intact. Jamaat-e-Islami is now considered as a reliable organization to the people to safeguard the independence and sovereignty and for playing a strident role against all anti-national interest issue such as construction of Tipaimukh Dam, transit, rightful share of Farakkah water, border killings, TIFA & PRSP contract and other loan contracts. Jamaat-e-Islami is playing an important role for the development of foreign relations through establishing friendly relationship with different countries, uplifting the image of the country, expanding the labor market, augmenting the foreign investment and aid, visiting different countries by their leaders for the development of bilateral relationship, sending high profile delegation and exchanging views with the diplomats to Bangladesh. Jamaat-e-Islami has been protesting and pursuing legal steps against all contracts including Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Contract to maintain the internal solidarity.   To work for the country and Islam as an ideological organization Jamaat-e-Islami had to face political harassment, attack, case, oppression and torture different times but Jamaat-e-Islami never opted the path of violence being a patriotic political party and trustful to democracy rather they faced those situations with full tolerance and in an intellectual way and Jamaat-e-Islami is always uncompromising against all types of anarchy and extremism in the name of Islam. Jamaat-e-Islami is bent on creating an elegant environment and to keep it unchanged for the solidification of denominational friendship and for the observance of all religious activities and its development. Jamaat-e-Islami pursue its highest effort to make sure the highest democratic environment through establishing rule of justice, stopping of extra judicial killings, safeguarding human rights, taming corruption,  establishing people friendly administration, regulating politicization-kinsmenship- nepotism and for strengthening defense forces.   Jamaat-e-Islami always emphasizes the administrative decentralization and strengthening local government system to expedite the development of ground level and to reduce pressure on the capital city.   Jamaat-e-Islami has been playing a pioneer role by providing free treatment and arrangement for dowry free marriage, making awareness against dowry and spreading morality against women persecution according to their strength to establish a justice based society in addition to their stand for the people during different calamities by distributing relief, providing financial aid, warm clothes for cold, home making equipment, education elements and rehabilitation for destitute and aged people. Jamaat-e-Islami pursue its effective initiatives for the welfare of the great freedom fighters and their family those who made Bangladesh independent through a blood shedding war  providing assistance and rehabilitation, treatment facility for crippled freedom fighters and their entry in hajj delegation.   By introducing charity (Jakat) based financial system instead of interest and exploitation based economy, Jamaat-e-Islami has been able to set up an example to reduce poverty through reducing disparity and self employment. Jamaat-e-Islami believe that there is no alternative to achieve self sufficiency in food bringing green revolution newly in agriculture and at the same time Jamaat-e-Islami want to achieve economic growth by increasing export earnings through the expansion of modern industry and by converting population into property through the employment.  Jamaat-e-Islami want to be as important part of labor market by making them efficient through providing the inexperienced labor with appropriate training. Jamaat-e-Islami has taken the introduction of logical wages structure and labor law as its one of the principles to ensure the rights of labor class. Jamaat-e-Islami has been addressing the suggestions and effective measures to expedite the overall development making sure the infrastructural development and proper supply of gas and electricity for all people through the proper usage of national resources. Jamaat-e-Islami also has been taking effective measures with the objective to make under privileged, orphan and street children into property through spreading the education among them.   Jamaat-e-Islami has also addressed deliberate suggestions and specific measures different times to introduce modern science based moral and vocational education system and has been pursuing their efforts with the objective to expedite overall growth and development of the country through the planned usage of latest technology and its development. Jamaat-e-Islami always play uncompromising role to keep educational institution away from all types of killings, violence, anarchy and narrow party interest with the objective to ensure proper environment for education. Jamaat-e-Islami is also working relentlessly to develop an elegant and refined culture through the combination of national culture and Islamic values to protect it from the aggression of satellite culture. In this way, Jamaat-e-Islami has been able to establish themselves as an ideal organization in the politics of Bangladesh through playing role in every sector of national life, keeping discipline and practicing democracy within the organization.   Jamaat-e-Islami has emerged as one of the regulating factors for changing the government due to its active participation in anti autocratic movement and Care-taker government establishment movement and as per the consideration of the rate of casting vote in subsequent elections. As a result, four-party alliance was formed in combination with Islamic and Nationalist group to put an end of tyranny, to safeguard the independence, sovereignty and integrality of the country, to rebuild the economy, to reduce poverty, to reestablish the freedom of newspaper, to stop terrorism and corruption, to give back the basic rights of the people and overall to institutionalize the democracy and to make sure the free franchise of the people. Jamaat-e-Islami took part in 2001 election for the first time as a partner of the alliance and got 17 seats out of 300 along with two ministers in the cabinet and later on another 4 women members were elected from the reserved women seats in National Parliament and four-party alliance successfully governed the country for five years.   A lot of effective steps were taken to eradicate terrorism from the country during five years of alliance government and efforts were also made to create a stable and peaceful environment in political arena through the coexistence. Hence national earnings increased and the rate of economic growth exceeded 6.5 % and a lot of progress achieved in getting self sufficiency in food and per capita income moved to 482 US$ from 340 US$ and development expenditure using self resources moved to 58% from 42% and poverty reduced 9% and the rate of poverty reduced to 18% from 24%. Steps were also taken to attract foreign investment by creating a suitable environment for the investment. For the spreading the female education, different types of scholarship, stipends were introduced including separate vocational and other educational institute for the female. Allowance and interest free loan was given for the handicapped people. Information technology was made easily available through entering the world of information technology. The bombers were arrested and their network was broken by the help of people within shortest period and handed over to speedy trial tribunal. The maximum budget was allocated giving highest importance for the education and all public examination were held in copying-free environment to make qualified citizens. Giving importance for madrasha education Fazil and Kamil degree were made equivalent to degree and masters. The decision was taken to recognize the certificate of Kaumi Madrasha. A lot of schools, colleges and madrashas were established and a lot of success was achieved in the development of infrastructure and hence rural economy got immense speed. In this way the alliance government tried to make the country stable and a developing democratic country.   Two ministers of Jamaat-e-Islami administered the ministry of Industry and Social Welfare from 2001 to 2006. Ministers of Jamaat-e-Islami were able to run the ministry with full honesty, expertise and efficiency after nominating as minister for the first time in independent Bangladesh. There was no evidence of corruption of two ministers of Jamaat-e-Islami during rigorous operation against corruption of last military backed Care-taker government and they were successful in running the ministry efficiently keeping themselves free from corruption, nepotism and injustice which was an unprecedented example in running the government in the history of Bangladesh.   Immense motion was disseminated in the agriculture sector with the objective to achieve self sufficiency in food when Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami was in ministry of agriculture. The production of exportable agriculture products were increased significantly. Farmer house-garden house program was operated for empowering the farmers and poverty reduction. The inclusion of fruit-bearing tree plantation with tree plantation program turned over a new leaf in fruits culture and the production of Bangladeshi fruits became double. The post of 12000 block supervisors in ground level was upgraded to deputy agriculture officer.   Industry Law-2005 and SME Development Strategy-2005 were introduced with the objective to expedite industrialization, reduce unemployment, increase the scope of employment, and establish small and medium enterprise (SME) industries significantly all over the country. Small and medium enterprise (SME) foundation was also established to speed up the poverty reduction, employment and economic growth. National Accreditation Board and Patent, Design & Trade Marks Department by merging Patent and Trade Marks Registry Office were also formed along with Modernization of BSTI. Dead industries like Caustic Chlorine Plant of Karnafuli Paper Mills Ltd (KPM) and Khulna Hard Board Mills were re-operated to resume production. Forum of Industrial Entrepreneurs was also formed with the objective to generate employment and to incorporate women in small and cottage industries along with modernization of National Productivity Organization for successful fertilizer management and for the development of small and cottage industry and human resources which results in double production of salt and stoppage of successive loss of 12 years in sugar industry with the efforts of only two years and profitability in the end of three years. Rate of growth in industrial sector broke all the previous records during that time. Besides these, lots of development programs were also taken and implemented in agriculture and industrial sector which results in significant development in the country.   Different programs were taken and subsequently expanded by the Social Welfare Ministry such as providing loan, aid & earnings based training to reduce poverty and develop human resources when Jamaat-e-Islami Secretary General was the minister. Budget was increased four folds to implement those programs and at the same time, the number of elderly allowance was increased from 4 lac to 17 and the budget was increased to 8 folds along with increment of allowance. The activities of Diabetic hospital, heart foundation and other hospitals were established and expanded to provide the treatment of complex diseases for poor, destitute and helpless people. Both short and long term programs in 8 types were taken for the welfare and development of handicapped people along with the operation of permanent system for giving student scholarship for the expansion of education of handicapped students and to provide the allowance and interest-free loan for the handicapped people.  Earnings increasing programs for the handicapped people such as establishment of mineral water production plant and its distribution system in addition to expansion of the production & distribution of plastic products.   Overall, Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami want to build up such a peaceful, prosperous,  independent & sovereign Bangladesh free of corruption, oppression, poverty & hunger where there will be a full peace and security and every citizen will get complete human rights and honor. This objective is possible to implement through an economic freedom of people, social justice, inter-denominational understanding, cultural progress, safe-guarding history, culture, independence & sovereignty, making sure the rights and welfare of all people regardless of occupation-religion-color-tribe, constructive, benevolent and humanitarian measures. That is why Jamaat-e-Islami support and assist in working activities and benevolent, pro-public, systematic & democratic principles of pro-democratic and patriotic group along with the uncompromising role to protect all misdeeds against Quran-Sunnah and interest of the nation and the country. Jamaat-e-Islami wants to make the existing laws & principles updated through a reform as an initial step to establish Islamic welfare state and to establish a modern welfare state through a massive administrative reform. Jamaat-e-Islami believe that a strong, prestigious & prosperous welfare state can be established by the elected government with the help of reliance, belief, support and assistance of the people.