Vol. 5 Num 549 Mon. December 12, 2005  
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Imam leader threatens media for writing against Jamaat

A leader of the Khulna Zila Imam Parishad warned both the print and electronic media of dire consequences for covering "unfounded" reports against Jamaat-e-Islami and other Islamist organisations in future.

Mufti Abul Kashem pronounced the threat at a rally of the Imam Parishad held yesterday at 10:30am at the Duckbungalow Square in the city to protest against the countrywide bomb attacks by Islamist militants and suicide bombers.

He further threatened to demolish the newspaper offices that will publish any story implicating the Jamaat and other Islamist parties with the outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh and its destructive activities.

Hearing the threat, the journalists present at the rally moved to safer places.

The speakers at the rally demanded that the government find out the real Islamist militants and suicide bombers and their godfathers, and give them exemplary punishment by enacting a new law, if necessary.

They also called upon the suicide bombers and the masterminds of the attacks to stop killing people and committing suicide in the name of Islam as the religion does not approve of these activities.

The speakers reiterated that none of the Imam Parishad members, no matter which Islamist party he belongs to, is involved in militancy.

Presided over by the organisation's President and Principal of Khulna Alia Madrasa Moulana Muhammad Abu Saleh, the rally was also addressed by Moulana Golam Kibria, Moulana Rafiqur Rahman, Moulana Nasiruddin, Moulana Osman Gani, Moulana Mosharef Hossain, Moulana Abdullah and Moulana Humayun Kabir.