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Go tough on Jamaat, Bangladesh lawmakers ask govt

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A number of ruling Awami League-led alliance MPs Sunday in parliament urged the government to go tough on Jamaat-Shibir men and others involved in creating anarchy to destabilise the country.

They denounced Friday’s violence and vandalism of Shaheed Minars and torching of the national flag by some activists of Islamist parties. A demand was also raised that the Jamaat-e-Islami be banned immediately.

AL lawmaker Tofail Ahmed said Jamaat-Shibir men damaged Shaheed Minars on Friday like they did in 1971. The party, which vandalised Shaheed Minars, torched national flags and chanted “Pakistan Zindabad” slogan, does not have the right to do politics in Bangladesh, he added.

Tofail said Jamaat was banned following the birth of Bangladesh but later Ziaur Rahman allowed them to do politics. “The consequences will be same whether Jamaat is banned or not.”

“We will not ban political parties based on religion. We will take action against Jamaat-e-Islami that committed heinous crimes in 1971,” AL MP Sheikh Fazlul Karim said, adding the party has now become a militant organisation.

He said anti-liberation force Jamaat cannot be pardoned for its crimes during the Liberation War and that a process is underway to ban the party.

He also urged the government to take action against national daily Amar Desh and Naya Diganta for hurting people’s religious sentiment, creating anarchy.

Independent lawmaker Fazlul Azim demanded that the government take stern action against the evil forces engaged in conspiracy to destablise the country.


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