Vol. 5 Num 630 Tue. March 07, 2006  
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Jamaat bemoans media coverage on militancy

Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami and Minister for Social Welfare Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid yesterday said the media did not correctly present their earlier statement about the creation of Bangla Bhai.

"Actually our Ameer Nizami had said in parliament that a section of the media gave wide coverage of an ordinary leader like Bangla Bhai whereas they give small coverage of a big rally organised by Jamaat," he said, adding, "There would not have been any misunderstanding had our statement been published properly."

Addressing a press briefing at his official residence following the arrest of militant kingpin Bangla Bhai, Mujahid said, "A section of the media are presenting false and fabricated news of Jamaat's involvement with militancy."

Avoiding direct answer to whether Bangla Bhai was a creation of the media, as they claimed earlier, the Jamaat leader alleged incorrect presentation of their previous statement in the media.

Those who want to ban Islamic politics in the country are presenting false news involving Jamaat with a terrorist syndicate like the outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to mislead the people, Mujahid said.

He said Jamaat is a legal political party and believes in the democratic process.

The minister, however, said it would have been much easier had the top terrorists been arrested earlier.

Criticising the main opposition Awami League for terming the arrests of Abdur Rahman and Bangla Bhai as a staged drama, the Jamaat leader said the AL has started a nasty politics for going to power using the issue of terrorist activities.