Ahmadiyya leaders lash out at zealots
Leaders of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat yesterday said Khatme Nabuwat supporters were attacking them across the country in a bid to gain political advantage ahead of the next general election.
“If they had respect for democracy and law, they would have circulated posters across the country with their messages against us, but they are hanging signboards on our mosques. If they want to hurl abuses at us, they can, but they should not write that on our foreheads,” said Mir Mobassher Ali, secretary of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat.
Its two other secretaries — Rezaul Karim and Matiur Rahman — were present at the conference. It was attended, among others, by Justice (retd) KM Sobhan, Sector Commander of the Liberation War Colonel Abu Osman Chowdhury, Dhaka University teacher Muntasir Mamun and journalist Shahariar Kabir.
“Although the High Court has stayed the government ban on our certain publications, we’re afraid of publishing books as police do not have clear-cut idea about it,” Mubassher told reporters.
He said the religious zealots have already attacked a number of Ahmadiyya mosques in many areas, including Patuakhali, Khulna, Bogra, and Satkhira. “The bigots are now planning to attack our mosque at Gharial in Koira thana of Satkhira on April 24,” he added.
KM Sobhan said the freedom of practising religions by all is a constitutional right. “What the government and the bigots are now doing is the violation of our Constitution,” he told newsmen.
He said the government attacks processions when those are taken out by opposition, but it refrains from taking action when bigots attack the mosques of other community.
Justice (retd) Shamsuddin Ahmed said they were planning to sue police for contempt of court, as they did not take any legal action when their publications were looted and damaged by the zealots.
Shahariar Kabir said International Khatme Nabuwat Movement Bangladesh (IKNMB), which was mounting pressure on the government to announce Ahamadiyyas non-Muslims, is a ‘wing’ of Jamaat and they have branches in Pakistan too.
He said Khatme Nabuwat unleashed riots in Pakistan. “It now wants to do that in Bangladesh to create an Afghan-like situation here.”
Shahariar said in 1953 some 20,000 Ahamadiyyas were killed in Lahore by zealots, led by Maulana Moududi, who is an idol of IKNMB.
“It was Jamaat-e-Islami which brought out the first procession against Ahmadiyya community in Bangladesh,” he said.