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Home  Worldwide  Bangladesh  May, 2005  Anti-Ahmadiyya zealots …
Anti-Ahmadiyya zealots reiterate threat to govt

The Daily Star
Vol. 5 Num 341Sat. May 14, 2005

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Anti-Ahmadiyya zealots reiterate threat to govt

Staff Correspondent

International Khatme Nabuwat Movement, Bangladesh (IKNMB) leaders yesterday threatened the government of dire consequences in the next national elections if they fail to immediately declare the Ahmadiyyas non-Muslim.

The Muslims will not fear to sacrifice their lives to realise their demands if the government does not declare the Ahmadiyyas non-Muslim by December 23 this year — Mufti Noor Hossain Nurani
“Despite our all-out support to the BNP-led government in the last elections, it has not realised any of our demands,” said Maolana Mahmudul Hasan Momtazi, speaking as the chief guest at a rally near the North Gate of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque.

Blasting the Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Industries Minister Motiur Rahman Nizami, he said,

“On the one hand he says Jamaat-e-Islami has no link with those who lay siege to the Ahmadiyya structures, on the other he claims his party to be Islamic.”

Referring to the BNP candidate’s failure in the Chittagong City Corporation polls, the movement leaders said this has proved that loyalty to America cannot bring popularity and victory in the polls.

“Mayor Mohiuddin, from whatever party he is, is not loyal to America, rather he moved to protect the Chittagong port and that is why people voted for him,” said IKNMB central leader Kazi Ataur Rahman.

He called upon Nizami to leave the post of Ameer of Jamaat-e-Islami.

US Ambassador Harry K Thomas’s visit to the Ahmadiyya prayer centres and Nizami’s speech that Jamaat has no link with IKNMB are tied with one line, he added.

“If anyone helps America to kill the people of this country, that is none but Jamaat-e-Islami,” Mufti Abul Kashem said.

Criticising the media for propagating that IKNMB occupied Ahmadiyyas’ prayer structures, Mufti Noor Hossain Nurani said, “If anyone can prove that we occupied their prayer halls, he will be given an award of Tk 50 lakh. Laying siege and occupation are not the same.”

The Muslims will not fear to sacrifice their lives to realise their demands if the government does not declare the Ahmadiyyas non-Muslim by December 23 this year, he said.

IKNMB Secretary General Alhajj Nazmul Haque demanded that the government withdraw all the cases filed against them and pass a bill “Preservation of Dignity of Hazrat Mohammad” in parliament.

Presided over by Maolana Ruhul Amin, the rally was also addressed by central leaders Mufti Abur Razzak and Gazi Ataur Rahman.

The rally paraded the streets adjoining Golap Shah Mazar, Purana Paltan and Nightingale intersections.

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