By Nazrul Islam
Dhaka, June 22 (ANI): Islamist bigots in Bangladesh have threatened of bloodshed if the government fails to pass any legislation to announce the Ahmadiyya, a minority Muslim sect, non-Muslim during the ongoing parliament session.
“The prophet-lovers [the devotees to Prophet Mohammed] are prepared to sacrifice their life. But, once a life is sacrificed, the anti-Ahmadiyya movement may turn into a spontaneous action to oust the sect Kadianis [the member of the Ahmadiyya],” the International Khatme Nabuwat Movement Bangladesh, the organisation launch anti-Ahmadiyya action, in an open letter to Prime Minister Khaleda Zia warned.
The letter published in a newspaper on Thursday, a day ahead of the bigots’ scheduled programme to capture an Ahmadiyya mosque in Uttara, an outskirt of Dhaka.
Fearing fresh attack, the members of the Ahmadiyya community south the Prime Minister’s intervention to protect their lives and property, Touhidul Islam, a central leader of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Bangladesh told Asian News International.
He said the bigots under the banner of International Khatme Nabuwat Movement Bangladesh have repeatedly been unleashing attacks on the minority sect.
The government, however, deployed additional forces to ward off any untoward incident in the area where the zealots announced siege programme.
The bigots s brought out truck processions on Wednesday, parading streets at Mohakhali, Uttara in the capital and at Tongi in Gazipur demanding a law banning the sect in the country.
They also carried out a diatribe campaign from two trucks stationed near the mosque, shouting slogans against Ahmadiyyas and threatening them with eviction if they did not leave their homes voluntarily.
Ahmadiyyas at Uttara said that Khatme Nabuwat activists had assembled at five mosques and madrassahs in the locality over the past few days and continued threatening eviction of the Ahmadiyyas from their homesteads.
The Ahmadiyyas ‘cannot move in the locality’ and ‘shopkeepers will not sell anything’ to them, they threatened.
Noor Hossain Noorani, the president of a faction of the movement, said “We will mount pressure on the government in such a way that it will find no alternative but to pass a law in the ongoing budget session pf the parliament to brand Ahmadiyyas as non-Muslims.” Meanwhile, different civil society and human rights organisations have asked the government to take necessary steps to stop the Khatme Nabuwat from attacking the Ahmadiyya mosque and ensure security for the members of the minority sect.
They said that they will stand by the Ahmadiyyas on Friday to resist any attack by the bigots. (ANI)