‘Punish attackers of Ahmadiyyas’ Demand eminent citizens in Bangladesh

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Eminent citizens demand punishment of those responsible for the attack on Ahmadiyya community in Panchagarh. In this photo, Ahmadiyya community holds a press briefing at their headquarters in Dhaka’s Bakshi Bazar on February 16, 2019. Photo: Star/ Rafiul Islam.  

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Source: The Daily Star

Eminent citizens today demanded punishment of those responsible for the attack on Ahmadiyya community in Panchagarh and steps to ensure security of the community members across the country.

They also demanded that Awami Olama League, Khatm-e-Nabuwat and some like-minded organisations be banned “for their activities against peace and spirit of secularism.”

The citizens, including former justice, war crimes researchers, religious leaders, were speaking at a views-exchange meeting with Ahmadiyya community at their headquarters in Dhaka’s Bakshi Bazar.

On February 12, six people were injured and many houses were vandalised when supporters of local Islamist groups attacked people of the community in Ahmednagar village of Panchagarh Sadar, demanding cancellation of its annual conference, scheduled for February 22-24.

“All in Bangladesh have rights to preach their religions freely. Then why the Ahmadiyya community is facing repeated attacks?” asked Shahriar Kabir, president of Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee at the meeting.

“Such incidents are a direct attack on the country’s religious harmony… and tarnishing image of the government nationally and internationally,” he said.

Terming the attack a violation of constitutional rights, former Supreme Court Justice AHM Shamsuddin Choudhury Manik urged the authorities concerned to ensure punishment for the attackers through investigation.

“It was a terror attack,” said security expert Maj Gen (retd) Abdur Rashid. “We earlier saw attempts to legalise killings of free thinkers in the name of religion… Now effort is on to stir up religious sentiments by identifying Ahmadiyya community as non-Muslim,” he said.

Mobasherur Rahman, national ameer of the community, said a vested quarter is instigating people against Ahmadiyyas through spreading false information.

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  1. بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
    We are grateful to the Gentle people of Bangladesh for taking daring steps to Stand with the Just cause and concern of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at. We pray for the success these people of Bangladesh.
    Bangladesh and its Secular Constitution Zidabad.
    I do hope that the Government of the Bangladesh will find strength with thes Brave people to discharge is due Responsibilities.
    The Holy Quran clearly says لا اکراہ فی الدین There is no compulsion in the matter of Religion and further Holy Quran says لکم دین کم ولی دین For you your Religion and for me mine, Nowhere in the Holy Quran has permitted to thrust your believes upon others, so with what authority, so Called Majlis Tahaffz-e-Nabuwwat is preventing to a prophet of God to be raised? Who has given this responsibility to take on their shoulders, especially in a secular Society?
    I think, it is the weakness of Bangladesh Government also, which in-spite of the fact is Secular Government, where all the citizen have equal rights in the eyes of State, the Government failed to discharge its responsibilities not only to prevent the mob, but also to see into it that our Jalsa Salana, which is a peaceful event all over the World for the Lost 125 years are even more, should be held on the land of the Bangladesh and there shouldn’t be any harm to any Ahmadi Muslim. Government where ever willing could have well control of the mob i.e. a couples of years ago the same government have hanged the members of so called Jama’at Islami ( Maudoodi Party) having full control in the country.
    It is good, however, to know that the Government of Bangladesh has prob into the matter, and it is hoped, that the Government will do full justice and will crush the culprits with full force of the Law.
    If the Bangladesh is going to follow the foot prints of Pakistan, to declaring Ahmadi Muslims as non-Muslims in there Constitution, it should learn the lesson of the History that what Allah did with Pakistan since it has declared Ahmadi Muslims as non Muslims for the sake of Constitution? Even a loaf of bread have been snatched from the poor lot of the country and it lagged behind even from Bangladesh. Hope that the Government of Bangladesh hoist its Flag of secularism high in the World.
    It may be pointed out that Islam’s approach towards other Religion is also Secular.
    Zarif Ahmad

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