Dhaka, Saturday, June 17, 2006
Islamists warn govt of dire consequence for not declaring Ahmadiyya non-Muslim
Anti-Ahmadiyya elements under the banner of the International Khatme Nabuwat Movement on Friday urged the government to declare the Ahmadiyyas ‘non-Muslim’ in the current session of the parliament, threatening that otherwise it will have to face ‘dire consequences’.
At a rally held at the Nabisco crossing, they vowed to drive the Ahmadiyyas out of the country through a series of programmes, if the government failed to meet their demand within the deadline.
The IKNM also demanded that the government should discuss the issue with the Islamic leaders and solve the problem by declaring the Ahmadiyyas as religious minorities in the country before any untoward incident and bloodshed.
They blocked the Tongi Diversion Road and held the rally near Ahmadiyya mosque at Tejgaon after juma prayers in the presence of a large contingent of the police and the other security forces. Traffic on the road was held up for about two hours.
More than 1,000 policemen and members of Bangladesh Rifles were deployed in and around the venue while several platoons of law enforcers were put on alert at the Tejgaon police station to tackle possible violence.
The agitators failed to capture the mosque on Haji Maran Ali Road at Purba Nakhalpara because of stringent security measures by the police, and resistance by the local residents.
Despite the presence of the police and Bangladesh Rifles personnel, tension mounted high as the agitators started crowding into the place in front the Nabisco Biscuit Factory at noon.
The police cordoned off the whole area and blocked all the roads leading to the mosque. They also stopped traffic on the Tongi Diversion Road between Moghbazar and Mohakhali crossing.
Khatib of Rahim Metal mosque, Mahmudul Hasan Momtazi, also amir of the anti-Ahmadiyya coordination committee, led a procession moving towards Ahmadiyya mosque after juma prayers.
Terming the Ahmadiyyas ‘non-believers’ for their anti-Islamic belief and activities, the committee leaders said the government should immediately declare the Ahmadiyyas non-Muslims as they were tarnishing the image of Islam and the Muslims.
The Khatme Nabuwat amir said, ‘We have urged the government to solve the issue in the parliament, but the government has not paid any heed to this so that we have to bring out procession at midnight to oust the Ahmadiyyas.’
‘We will bring out another procession tonight and announce our next course of agitation programme at the rally,’ the amir added.