Islami Andolan Bangladesh on Friday said it would extend support to the
‘Dhaka Siege - Long March’ programme called by Hefajat-e-Islam for
April 6, if the government did not arrest and punish the ‘atheist’
bloggers of Shahbagh by April 5.
Islami Andolan also to lay siege to the Prime Minister’s Office on April 25 demanding arrest of ‘atheist bloggers who insulted Islam ‘and to pass law for punishing those who ‘insulted Islam in the parliament’.
The party’s Amir Mufti Syed Muhammad Rezaul Karim, , better known as Pir Saheb of Charmonai, on Friday announced this while addressing a national grand rally at Motijheel intersection in the capital.
The rally demanded formulation of an anti-blasphemy act to punish the ‘atheists’.
IAB organized the rally to push its five-point demand that included restoration of the phrase ‘absolute faith and trust in Almighty Allah’ in the constitution, holding of the next general election under a non-partisan government, an end to violence and terrorism and introduction of an ‘Islamic constitution’.
He also announced to submit a memorandum to the UN office in Dhaka on April 4 demanding an end to ‘Muslim genocide’ in Myanmar and hold long march towards Myanmar on May 8 and 9 protesting ‘Muslim genocide and arson attack on mosque, madrasas and Muslim residences in Myanmar.’
The IAB long marches will start from Dhaka to Kuakata on April 19, 20 and 21, from Dhaka to Tentulia on May 13, 14 and 15 and from Dhaka to Sylhet on June 2 and 3. They will hold a worker’s rally in Dhaka on May 1 to mobilise public support for its five-point demand.
The IAB amir said some people had been making ‘derogatory’ remarks on Islam and the Prophet (SM) as the government remained ‘silent’. The government has been behaving like ‘autocrats’ and pursuing a policy of ‘oppression’ on opposition parties in the name of democracy, he added.
Addressing the rally, the party chief also sought vote for his party’s symbol ‘hand fan’ in the next general election for building a better Bangladesh.
The rally was also addressed by IAB secretary general Maulana Yunus Ahmad, IAB Dhaka city unit amir ATM Hemayet Uddin, presidium members Nurul Huda Fayezi and Fayzul Karim.
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