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Home  Worldwide  Bangladesh  2003  Anti-Ahmadiyyas’ ultimatum to govt
Anti-Ahmadiyyas’ ultimatum to govt

The Daily Star
Vol. 4 Num 203Sat. December 20, 2003

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Anti-Ahmadiyyas’ ultimatum to govt
Staff Correspondent

Anti-Ahmadiyya religious bigots yesterday threatened to paralyse the country if the government does not ‘evict’ the Ahmadiyyas from Nakhalpara mosque by January 3.

“We will go there on January 9 and this time we will not return until we have driven the kaffirs (non-Muslims) out of the area,” vowed Mahmudul Hasan Mamtazi, Amir of Hifazate Khatme Nabuwat Andolon Coordination Committee, an anti-Ahmadiyya alliance.

“And swear upon God, there will be Qayamat (doomsday) if anyone comes to prevent us,” he warned.

Mamtazi urged the ‘real Muslims’ to wage a jihad against the Ahmadiyyas who, according to him, are stigmatising Islam by calling themselves Muslims and their places of worships mosques.

Mamtazi was addressing a demonstration at Tongi Muktijoddha Chattar after Juma prayers, jointly organised by Khatme Nabuwat Andolon and Aamra Dhakabasi, a socio-cultural group, with the Andolon Nayebe Amir Abdul Alim Nizami in the chair.

Some fifteen hundred members of a raft of Islamist outfits took part in the demonstration, blocking the east side of the busy Dhaka-Mymensingh road for about two hours.

“Pass a law in parliament to declare the Ahmadiyyas non-Muslims constitutionally before we take it in our hands to meet the demand of the Muslims of the country,” Mamtazi demanded of the government.

Nabuwat leader Ruhul Amin Khan warned, “If the government does not declare them kaffir by January 23, we will brand them so and go for an oust-government movement.”

“As we have no complaint against Christians, Hindus or Buddhists, we will not have any against the Ahmadiyyas only if they call themselves ‘Qadiyani Commune’ or anything other than Muslims and their so-called mosques places of worship,” Aamra Dhakabashi president, Shamsul Haq, said.

Secretary General of Nabuwat Andolon Tafazzul Haq Aziz said no non-Muslim can live in this country identifying himself as a Muslim.

Aamra Dhakabashi and Khatme Nabuwat Andolon will hold similar demonstrations at Jatrabari on December 26, Mirpur on January 2 and Paltan on January 23.

Nazmul Haq, Nur Hossain Nurani, Latifur Rahman Hamid, Abdul Qaiyum, Nur Hossain, Keramat Ullah, Shibbir Ahmad and Qudrat Ullah, among others, addressed the demonstration.

Hundreds of anti-Ahmadiyyas later brought out a procession.

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