Dhaka, Thursday, August 26, 2004
Ahamadiyas seek protection
Ahmadiya leaders have urged the government to ensure their security against the backdrop of repeated attacks by a group of Sunnis on the Ahmadiya Muslim Jamaat headquarters in Dhaka.
We request the government to ensure our religious freedom and constitutional rights, and trial of all the injustice on us, said the national amir of the organisation, Jamaat Mir Mobassher, at a briefing at the headquarters at Bakshibazar on Wednesday.
The Sunnis at a recent rally threatened with attack on the Ahmadiya headquarters at Bakshibazar in Old Town on August 27 after the weekly prayers. They earlier attacked Ahmadiya mosques in major cities.
The attackers, under the banner of Khatme Nabuwat Bangladesh, have been demanding that the government should declare the Ahmadiyas non-Muslim.
The government has already banned a number of Ahmadiya publications in February.
The Ahmadiya leaders at the briefing said a section of the Sunnis had been propagating against the Ahmadiyas, but the government remained indifferent to the issue.