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Home  Worldwide  Bangladesh  2003  Qadianis demand safety of life and property
Qadianis demand safety of life and property

The Independent, Bangladesh

Qadianis demand safety of life and property


Representatives of Ahmadia Muslim Community living in Bangladesh yesterday urged the government and the conscientious section of society to save their lives and property from the attacks of ‘Islamic fundamentalist groups.’

At a roundtable discussion yesterday held in the CIRDAP auditorium by Ekattarer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee Committee for Resistance of Killers and War Collaborators of 1971), members of the Ahmadia Muslim Community narrated their sad plight of alleged torture and discrimination from the mainstream Sunni orthodoxy.

The Ahmadia leaders protested the recent killing of Imam Shah Alam, a Qadiani religious leader of Raghunathpur Bagh of Jhikargacha, Jessore, on October 31 allegedly by local Jamaat leaders. They also criticised the social confinement imposed on 17 Qadiani families at Uttar Bhawanipur village, Bheramara, Kushtia, by local Jamaat Islami activists.

Presided over by national Professor Kabir Chowdhury, the roundtable was addressed by a number of noted intellectuals and literary and cultural personalities. Shahriar Kabir, acting President of the committee, read out the keynote paper styled ‘Victim of Fundamentalist Violence: Ahmadia Muslim Community’ based on his recent visit to the affected areas. Prof Mir Mobashsher Ali addressed on behalf of the Ahmadia community.

Shahriar Kabir, in his paper said, 17 Ahmadia families of Uttar Bhwanipur village told him that local Jamaat leaders have threatened them with action after Eid-ul-Fitr.

He said, “No political party has the authority to determine who is a real Muslim and who is not.”

Prof Kabir Chowdhury regretted that Bangladesh is deviating from its centuries old culture of tolerance.

The roundtable was addressed among others by retired Justice K M Sobhan, retired Major General C R Dutta, Prof Ajay Roy, sculptress Ferdousi Priyobhasini, journalist Waheedul Haque, woman activist Ayesha Khanam, Advocate Sultana Kamal, film maker Shahin Akhter, dramatist Mamtajuddin Ahmed and former MP Razia Matin Chowdhury.

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