BNP leader Nazrul Islam Khan has said Jamaat-e-Islami also has freedom fighters as its members and he sees no problem in nominating their leaders for the election.
“We assure you that we will not allow any war criminal to use the ‘paddy sheaf’ symbol,” said Nazrul in a press conference in Dhaka on Thursday.
The BNP has nominated the brother and son of two war criminals for the upcoming 11th parliamentary election.
Jamaat-e-Islami opposed Bangladesh’s liberation struggle. They were responsible for war crimes, such as mass killings, rape and looting across the country.
Several Jamaat leaders were imprisoned and sentenced to death for the atrocities committed during the Liberation War.
In 2013, the Bangladesh Supreme Court declared the registration of Jamaat-e-Islami illegal, ruling that the party is unfit to contest the national elections.