Secular forces within grand alliance are put in extreme awkward situation following signing of the treaty signed in between Bangladesh Awami League and ultra radical party Khelafat Majlish recently in Dhaka, in which both sides agreed on five different points, implementation of which would ultimately turn Bangladesh into a Taliban state.
Leaders of Bangladesh Khelafat Majlish (BKM) are already commenting that after signing of this treaty, now after grand alliance wins in the next general election, Islamic clerics will have legal right to give decree in accordance to Koranic law. Under that circumstance, the country will gradually go under shariah law. He said, “this is our initial victory in establishing shariah rule in this country”. Leaders of BKM are also commenting that, judiciaries in this country shall also be obliged to accept fatwa and they too will have to following strict Islamic law while giving any judgment.
Commenting of this hated pro-Taliban treaty, general secretary of BKM, Moulana Abur Rob Yusufi said, “Finally Awami League accepted the religious sentiment of the mainstream of population. By putting signs in it, AL has certainly abandoned their so-called secular ideology, which had been the main obstacle for them in winning in the next general election. Now, the Islamic clerics and Muftis will work for AL more vigorously as the victory of this grand alliance will open the door for establishment of Islamic shariah rule in Bangladesh. Those who are opposing this treaty are enemies of Islam”.
Meanwhile, naeb-e-Amir of Ahmedia Muslim Jamaat in Bangladesh Moulana Abdul Awal Khan Chowdhury said, agreement signed in between grand alliance and an extremist radical party is an extreme alarming signal for the peace-loving religious minority in this country.
It may be mentioned here that, BKM is the political party, which enjoys financial and otherwise support from a number of Afro-Arab sources and a former leader of this party Mufti Shahidul Islam, who was recently assured AL’s nomination is the friend and ally of Ossama Bin Laden.
Weekly Blitz investigated the mystery behind signing of this hated treaty between Awami League and Khelafat Majlish and finally we are able to open the Pandora box. According to findings in our investigation, envoy of a South Asian country along with the station chief of the intelligence agency of his country had been very active in convincing AL in signing this treaty with BKM. After series of meetings, US$ 15 million dead was finalized and juts couple of days before signing of this treaty, high commissioner of that country met Abdul Jalil at this residence and confirmed the handing over of the mentioned amount to Jalil’s nominee.
According to our information, one of the major agendas of this South Asian intelligence agency is to patronize all forms of Islamic radical movements in the region in particular and in the world in general. It has close ties with militant groups in Kashmir. For years this agency is working secretly in pushing the fate of Bangladesh towards a Taliban type state so that the nation of that country could take a revenge of their defeat in 1971.
Commenting on this hated treaty, a member of Dhaka’s press community said, “Whether BNP or AL wins in the next election, the patient, cunning Islamists are the big winners in symbolic and real terms.”
He said, “During the last three years’ attacks on the Ahmadiya community, I spent a significant time with the Ahmadiya mosques for my film Muslims or Heretics. I was struck by the quiet faith many Ahmadiya supporters had that AL would never allow these things to happen. In all the time that Ahmadiya property was burnt, books were seized, mosques attacked, and imams killed, the AL never raised a voice, or joined a rally. But because the BNP was actively tolerating Khatme Nabuwat, all of us presumed that AL would not do the same!
But just read a few items in the MOU with Khelafot Andolon.
* To not accept Prophet Mohammed as the last Prophet is forbidden.
* Blasphemy will be a punishable offense.
If these items sound familiar, it is because these have been demand number one and two on every single flyer given out at Khatme Nabuwat
rallies. Having spent time at many KN rallies documenting their speeches, I am struck (but not surprised) by the manner in which the AL has now reproduced in to the entire text and sentiments of anti-Ahmadiya forces.”
He further said, “I wonder what Suranjit Sengupta and other minority members of AL are thinking right now. I wonder how they can keep a straight face when Sheikh Hasina talks about “secularism” to Bangali Christians on the same day that Jalil announces an MOU with Shaikhul Hadis. Like Marie Antoinette, AL thinks “let them eat cake,” cutting a Christmas cake with our beleaguered Christian citizens. That is the dessert to choke on, a monument to opportunism.
When Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury was defeated in the OIC election, he blamed a global campaign alleging that he was a 1971 war criminal. Chief focus of his ire was the AL. In a furious press conference, he threatened to “Islamicize” Suranjit Sengupta’s nether regions.
I remember being horrified, but now I feel that it is better to Chowdhury – at least he lays his cards on the table and you know exactly where you are. The problem with the so-called defenders of secularism is that they will smile to your face while running the knife very deep into your poor, unprotected back. Surely we can do better than this?
Some ask why AL gets so much hate for allying with Islamists, but the same does not happen for BNP. It’s because BNP is being consistent – they have never said they are interested in secularism. Since their founding years, BNP has been committed to a project of Bangladeshi not Bengali, Allah Hafez not Khoda Hafez, India as permanent enemy, and the gun not the carrot for Chittagong Hill Tract ethnic groups. If BNP sits with Jamaat, it is consistent with that vision – they have always been the ‘save Islam’ vote. It is only the AL who has ever profited from the secularism vote (and by the way, not just minorities, but also thinking Muslims – and we are legion – want religion separate from state).”
Meanwhile, countrywide reaction to the hated treaty is becoming stronger. Several individuals and organizations have already issued statements condemning the treaty saying it was the beginning of transforming Bangladesh into a Taliban state. While controversy was roaming around, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen gave a strong statement denouncing religion based politics. While speaking in a function, Sen has publicly deplored the worldwide use of religion in politics, saying that such a trend has been vitiating the political and intellectual domains as well as obstructing citizens in general from enjoying human rights.
‘The world has been made poisonous,’ Sen commented, expressing his despair at ‘ferocious religious politics’ leading to battles, alarming categorization in British society on the basis of religious identity and flawed intellectuals ‘joining hands with low politics’.
The economist also told journalists that he was concerned at the religious extremism in the form of Hindutva or Muslim fundamentalism that has been destroying the secular feelings of many people and creating intolerance in society.
Posted on 26 Dec 2006 by Root