Wife, daughters meet Mir Quasem at Kashimpur jail

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Gazipur, August 31: Family members of death-row war criminal Mir Quasem Ali met him at Kashimpur Central Jail at Kashimpur on Wednesday afternoon.

Six members of Mir Quasem’s family, including his wife Khandaker Ayesha Khatun, two daughters—Sumaiya Rabeya and Tahera Taslim, two daughters-in-law –Tahmina Akter and Shaheda Tahmida and his nephew Hasan Zaman entered the jail gate around 1:30pm.

They spent around two hours with him and got out of it around 3:45 pm, said Proshanto Kumar Banik, jail super of Kashimpur jail.

While talking to reporters, Quasem’s wife Khandaker Ayesha Khatun said his husband wants to wait until the last minute to decide whether he will seek presidential clemency, and before that he wants to see his son barrister Mir Ahmed Bin Quasem who remained missing for the last couple of days. He will decide about the mercy after talking to his son, she said.

Earlier in the day, Mir Quasem Ali sought time from the Kashimpur Jail authorities to decide whether he will seek presidential mercy.

Meanwhile, the copy of the SC verdict rejecting the review plea of Mir Quasem Ali reached the Dhaka Central Jail around 9.10pm on Tuesday.

Jail super Proshanto Kumar Banik of Kashimpur jail read out the Supreme Court verdict to Mir Quasem Ali.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty for Mir Quasem Ali for the crimes he committed against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971.

On March 8, the Appellate Division upheld the death penalty for Mir Quasem Ali for his war crimes.

The International Crimes Tribunal-2 sentenced Mir Quasem Ali, Al-Badr chief in the port city of Chittagong in 1971, to death on November 2, 2014.

On November 30, 2014, he filed an appeal before the Supreme Court challenging the death penalty.

Top Jamaat-e-Islami financier Quasem, now 64, was president of the Chittagong town unit of Islami Chhatra Sangha, the then student wing of Jamaat, till November 6, 1971.

He was then made general secretary of the East Pakistan Chhatra Sangha.