Islami Andolan threatens hartal if Friday's rally refused

Islami Andolan threatens hartal if Friday’s rally refused

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Islami Andolon Bangladesh Thursday threatened to enforce a nationwide day-long hartal for Sunday if it is not given permission to hold its scheduled rally in front of the Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka Friday demanding the death penalty for Abdul Latif Siddique.
“The Majlish-e-Amela (executive committee) of our party has decided to observe countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal on Sunday, if the government does not allow us to hold our Friday’s scheduled rally in front of the Press Club,” said IAB presidium member Maulana Mosaddeque Billah Al Madani at a press conference at party’s Purana Paltan office.The IAB on November 24 announced the programme to hold the rally demanding  capital punishment for Latif Siddique for his derogatory remarks against Prophet Mohammed (SM), hajj and Tabligh Jamaat.
Mosaddeque Billah informed that the party has applied for permission for holding a grand rally in front of the Press Club but the administration is yet to give them any approval.
“They (administration) rather said there is a possibility of creating anarchy if such meeting is allowed,” he added.
The IAB leader demanded enactment of blasphemy law with a provision to provide capital punishment so that none could make any derogatory comments about Allah, Prophet (SM) and Islam.
He accused the government of sheltering Latif instead of arresting him after his arrival in the country. “No conspiracy can protect him,” he added.
IAB secretary general Hafez Yunus Ahmed, Prof Ashraf Ali Akand, Prof Mahbubur Rahman, Prof ATM Hemayet Uddin and Ahmed Abdul Quader, among others, were present on the occasion. – Staff Reporter

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