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Jamaat’s new ploy to incite violence

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THE Jamaat-e-Islami may seek to incite violence across the country by doing something outrageous to hurt religious sentiment of the people and shifting the blame on others, according to an intelligence report submitted to the government.

The report submitted Sunday warns the government of Jamaat and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir‘s new ploy to create anarchy in the country, a highly placed source said.

Meanwhile, Mahbubul Alam Hanif, a special assistant to the prime minister, told The Daily Star last night, “We have information that Jamaat may take very provocative steps to instigate violence by burning religious items and putting the blame on others.”

Hanif, also joint general secretary of the ruling Awami League, said, “We urge people and Islamist political parties not to be misled by Jamaat’s heinous acts.”

Earlier on Friday, Jamaat and its sympathisers attacked law enforcers and journalists, burned and tore the national flags and vandalised Shaheed Minars, reacting to the mass movement for capital punishment to 1971 war criminals.

The countrywide violence that day left at least four people killed and nearly 1,000 including 14 journalists injured.

Activists of Jamaat and like-minded parties also chanted slogans against the organisers of the Shahbagh movement, which has been calling for death penalty for all war criminals and a ban on Jamaat-Shibir.

Gonojagoron Manchas, set up across the country to express solidarity with the Shahbagh movement, were also vandalised.

In the wake of Friday’s violence, the government high command thinks there is now no alternative to banning Jamaat for involvement in crimes against humanity during the Liberation War in 1971, said party sources.

AL Central Working Committee (ALCWC), the highest decision-making body of the ruling party, would soon meet to discuss the issue.

“We are seriously considering banning Jamaat,” said Hanif, adding that Law Minister Shafique Ahmed had been reviewing all the legal aspects regarding the matter.

The PM’s special assistant said a concrete decision on the issue would be made at the next ALCWC meeting.

AL Organising Secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim told The Daily Star that legal issues would be reviewed to make a decision about the financial and business institutions of the anti-liberation party. Banning Jamaat was a matter of time now, he added.


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