Vol. 5 Num 568 Sat. December 31, 2005  

Govt 'convinced' about Galib's release, acting Ahab chief claims

Acting chief of Ahle Hadith Andolon, Bangladesh (Ahab) Dr Muhammad Muslehuddin has claimed that they have "convinced" government high-ups to release Ahab chief Galib and other leaders and not to arrest any more Ahab men for militancy.

"I had talks with government high-ups, some ministers and intelligence officials. They realised that they were wrong (in arresting Ahab leaders)...They will not arrest any more of our men", he said.

He was addressing Ahab's Rajshahi divisional 'grand rally' at Shaheb Bazar in the city on Thursday. About 500 Ahab activists and supporters attended the rally.

He also threatened the government of "teaching a lesson" in the next general election if Galib is not released and "false cases" against him not withdrawn.

Muslehuddin claimed that Ahab has three crore supporters. They will work against the ruling parties in the next election if Galib is not released and 'false cases' against him not withdrawn immediately.

"You have already failed at Chittagong (mayor election), Dinajpur (by- election) and eight municipal elections. We are silent voters. If 15 percent Ahab votes merged with 10 percent minority voters, none of you (BNP-Jamaat) will be elected", said Dr Muhammad Muslehuddin.

The Ahab acting chief came down heavily on journalists, saying they (journalists) have been "bribed" by some expelled Ahab leaders. He called Galib as "master of journalists" and said, curse of Allah will befell those who are writing against Galib.

"They (journalists) need purification of brain. They have no quality to match Galib (who is chairman of editorial board of monthly At Tahreek run by him.)".

Dr Muhammad Muslehuddin also claimed that Ahab is forming alliance with like-minded parties. "I talked with Jomiyat-e-Ahle Hadith Vice President Dr Ershadul Bari and a few other Islamic parties. They will support us."

Without naming Jamaat-e-Islami, he said, "This party (Jamaat) depends on us (Ahab) in elections. It became devil after election. They are not working for establishing Islam, but for resisting Awami League".

He said Ahab has no link with al Queada chief Osama Bin Laden. "We supported Bin Laden when they fought for Liberation of Afghanistan. But, Bin Laden himself is not a believer in Ahle Hadith."

Chaired by Rajshahi Ahab President Abul Kalam Azad, the rally was also addressed by, among others, SM Abdul Latif, Baharul Islam, Amirul Islam, Shakhawat Hossain, Kabirul Islam, Abu Taher, Maolana, Rustom Ali, Shihab Uddin and Faruk Ahmed.

Abdur Razzak Bin Yusuf, a teacher at Islamia As-Salafia Madsasa in Rajshahi city set up by Galib, told the gathering that judges who do not follow Islam are Kafir (infidel) and Jalim (oppressor).

Muslehuddin criticised role of United States of America during Liberation War and blamed government for giving them importance. "Who powered Harry K Tomas (former US Ambassador to Bangladesh) to comment on Galib. It is our internal affair."