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Home  Worldwide  Bangladesh  2003  Bigots demand bill declaring Ahmadiyyas non-Muslims
Bigots demand bill declaring Ahmadiyyas non-Muslims

The Daily Star
Vol. 4 Num 209Sat. December 27, 2003

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Bigots demand bill declaring Ahmadiyyas non-Muslims
Threaten to hem in MPs
Staff Correspondent

The anti-Ahmadiyya religious bigots yesterday threatened to hem in members of parliament (MPs), elected on Islamic manifesto, if they do not table a bill declaring the Ahmadiyyas non-Muslims in the next parliament session.

We will drive the Ahmadiyyas out of their Nakhalpara mosque and lay siege to other Ahmadiyya mosques across the country simultaneously on January 9.
Nazmul Haq, Joint Secretary General of Nabuawat Andolon
“Since they promised an Islamic society, Motiur Rahman Nizami, Fazlul Haq Amini, Delwar Hossain Sayeedi (and MPs of Jamaat-e-Islami and other Islamic parties) must place a bill in this regard in parliament,” demanded Mahmudul Hasan Mamtazi, amir of Khatme Nabuwat Andolon Coordination Committee, an anti-Ahmadiyya alliance.

“If you don’t do so, beware Nizami, Amini, Sayeedi and the others, we will gherao you wherever we find you,” warned Mamtazi from a demonstration he chaired at Jatrabari.

Some fifteen hundred anti-Ahmadiyyas of a conglomerate of Islamist outfits took part in the demonstration jointly organised by Nabuwat Anodolon and Aamra Dhakabashi, a socio-cultural organisation, on Shaheed Faruq Road after Juma prayers yesterday.

“We will paralyse the whole country including the city if the government does not evict the ‘kaffir Ahmadiyyas’ from the Nakhalpara Ahmadiyya mosque by January 9,” Mamtazi threatened.

Joint Secretary General of Nabuawat Andolon, Nazmul Haq said, “We will drive the Ahmadiyyas out of their Nakhalpara mosque and lay siege to other Ahmadiyya mosques across the country simultaneously on January 9.”

“We will begin a countrywide agitation and paralyse the country for an indefinite period demanding declaration of the Ahmadiyyas as non-Muslims and freeing the mosques from their occupation,” he added.

“The government should keep in mind that the previous Awami League government failed to retain power as they declared fatwa illegal”, he reminded.

“Ours demands are not political,” said Shamsul Haq, president of Aamra Dhakabashi. “No Muslim will accept Ahmadiyyas identifying themselves as Muslims and calling their places of worship mosques while at the same time carrying out anti-Islamic activities and identifying their late leader Mirza Golam Ahmad as the last prophet.”

“We will not bother them if the government declares them a minority community and not identify them as Muslims,” said Abdur Rahim of Khademul Islam Parishad.

“The AL government failed to return to power as it shut down 250 madrassahs and the ruling alliance will face the same fate if they do not meet our demands,” said Enayetullah Abbasi, a senior Nabuwat Andolon leader.

Zakir Hossain, Shamsul Haq Kazemi, Khabir Ahmed, Moklesur Rahman, Tafazzul Haq, Ataur Rahman Atiq and Azizur Rahman, among others, addressed the demonstration.

The participants later brought out a procession and dispersed at the Sayedabad bridge.

Khatme Nabuwat Andolon will hold another demonstration at Mirpur-10 intersection on January 2.

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