Uttara Ahmadiyya families in panic as bigots vow to attack mosque Friday
Twenty-two Ahmadiyya families in Uttara are passing days in panic as Khatme Nabuwat Andolon Bangladesh is set to attack their mosque on Friday to force the government to declare the Ahmadiyyas non-Muslim in the current parliament session.
“We will mount pressure on the government in such a way that it will find no alternative to passing a law during the ongoing budget session to brand the Qadianis [Ahmadiyyas] non-Muslim,” Noor Hossain Nurani, president of the anti-Ahmadiyya outfit, told The Daily Star yesterday.
Different civil society and rights organisations have asked the government to take steps to stop the zealots from attacking the Ahmadiyyas and take action against them for spreading fundamental spite.
The Ekatturer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee (EGDNC) and civil society members have announced that they will stand beside the Ahmadiyyas on Friday to resist any attack by the zealots.
The Khatme Nabuwat has been carrying out hate campaigns against the Ahmadiyyas across the country since November 2003 and recently announced that it will do whatever necessary to realise their demand.
Its activists will gather at the north gate of the Haji Camp at Ashkona of Uttara after the Juma prayers on Friday and will hold a rally.
Later, they will march to the Nordapara Ahmadiyya Mosque. “We will remove the Qadiani signboards, if any, claiming their place of worship as mosque,” said Noor.
The fanatic leader hoped that over one lakh Khatme Nabuwat activists from across the country will take part in the programme and one thousand “security volunteers” will work to maintain “discipline” during the programme.
The outfit has been holding mass campaigns in Uttara area for the last few days.
The Khatme Nabuwat activists will bring out a truck procession at 8:00am today from the Zia International Airport area and march the city roads for 12 hours to drum up support for Friday’s programme.
They will also bring out a procession from the north gate of the Ashkona Haji Camp tomorrow.
Leaders of the panicky Ahmadiyya community have sought security from the government.
Expressing grave concern over the Khatme Nabuwat programme, the EGDNC, Bangladesh Development Partnership, Nari O Manobadhikar Foundation, and Bangladesh Coalition for Child Rights asked the government to take adequate security measures for the Ahmadiyyas.
The anti-Ahmadiyya zealots earlier foiled an Ahmadiyya religious function in Sarishabari of Jamalpur on June 16.
Nurul Huda Abedi, principal of Jamalpur Aramnagar Alia Madrasa and brother-in-law of captured Jama’atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Abdur Rahman, led the attack.