Dhaka, Wednesday, April 20, 2005
Ahmadiyas urge govt to ensure their rights
The Ahmadiya Muslim Jamaat has urged the government to ensure their constitutional and human rights.
Briefing newsmen in its head office at Bakshibazar in Dhaka on Tuesday, Ahmadiya leaders demanded that the government should take stern action against the ‘fanatics,’ who have been engaged in attacking their mosques and people in the name of International Khatme Nabuwat across the country.
The leaders said more than 10,000 ‘fanatics,’ carrying sticks, attacked their Jatindranagar mosque at Shyamnagar in Satkhira on April 17 and on their direction, on-duty policemen attached a signboard to the mosque.
As members of the sect removed the signboard, the police continued pressuring them to hang it again, they said.
In the presence of the police, Bangladesh Rifles, Armed Police Battalion and magistrate, the fanatics also attacked the sect members in the village and injured 10 people, including women and children, they said.
Two of the injured were taken to hospital in Dhaka, but the law enforcers did not take any action against the attackers, they alleged.
‘The constitution has guaranteed all the citizens their rights to exercise their religion and set up their respective religious institutions within the territory and no one can interfere with the rights,’ said Justice KM Sobhan, who attended the briefing as a member of civil society.
‘The Qur’an and the hadiths also do not allow anyone to declare any person non-Muslim,’ the retired justice said and cited the example of Justice Munir commission, constituted after a riot on the same issue in the erstwhile Pakistan in 1953, which declared the movement ‘illegal.’
Journalist Shahriyar Kabir also attended the briefing. He said the International Khatme Nabuwat is an association of Jamaat-e-Islami and it has been trying to enforce its activities as it did in Pakistan, where the government declared the Ahmadiyas ‘non-muslim.’
‘Now Jamaat-e-Islami is part of the government and it is implementing its plans through International Khatme Nabuwat as part of its blueprint to make the country a Pakistan,’ he said.