Jamaat-e-Islami deferred its Monday’s hartal to Thursday on the grounds of smoothing home-return of devotees after akheri munajat (ending prayers) of the Biswa Ijtema, which will end today (Sunday), and the Swarasati Puja of the Hindu community, which will be celebrated on Tuesday. In a statement, Jamaat acting secretary general Dr Shafiqur Rahman on Saturday made the announcement of defer. Earlier on Friday, the party called the countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal for Monday protesting delivering death sentence against its chief and former minister Maulana Matiur Rahman Nijami on the 2004 Chhitagong arms haul case. The party alleged that the government is hatching conspiracy to kill the Jamaat chief in a planned way. A Chittagong court on Thursday delivered the verdict against Nijami, former state minister of BNP-Jamaat government Lutfozzaman Babar and some other high-officials of the military and civil administration. Dr Shafique called upon the leaders and workers of his party to make the hartal a success to raise the voice against the conspiracy.