Vol. 5 Num 926 Sat. January 06, 2007  
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Scrap communal deals, minority leaders urge political parties

Minority leaders yesterday demanded that the political parties cancel all communal pacts including the five-point deal between the Awami League (AL) and Khelafat Majlish to safeguard the spirit of the Liberation War that is to establish a secular, democratic state upholding harmony and peaceful coexistence.

Criticising the AL for signing a deal with Khelafat Majlish, they said it is a misfortune for the nation that the party that speaks of building a progressive and secular nation signed such a contract with the anti-Liberation evil forces.

Minority people under the banner of Bangladesh Minority Sangram Parishad yesterday held a rally at Muktangon in the capital and brought out a procession protesting the December 23 AL- Khelafat Majlish deal that pledged giving Alems (religious law experts) the charge of issuing fatwa if the AL-led grand alliance wins the next general election.

The parishad leaders said it is a matter of shame that the party, which fought the Liberation War under the leadership of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, signed an agreement that will weaken democracy and secularism as well as the thousand years' spirit of harmony and peaceful coexistence.

They said Ziaur Rahman approved communal politics although Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had banned it.

Khaleda Zia formed alliance with anti-Liberation Jamaat-e-Islami and governed the country for the last five years, they said.

"Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League signed the pact with Khelafat Majlish aiming to come to power which is a disgrace to Awami League and the nation," said advocate Ashok Kumar Ghosh, general secretary of the parishad.

The dream of making Bangladesh a secular, democratic and prosperous country for which the Liberation War was fought has been shattered due to the agreement, he said.

"We never expected that the Awami League would resort to such a culpable act only to get vote in the election," said Dr Shailendra Nath Chanda at the rally.

The deal contradicts with the AL ideology and goes against free thinkers and secularists, he said.

Among others, parishad leaders Prof Shyamal Natra, Prof Dipak Das, Subhas Baral and Prof Maran Dutta spoke.