Published: Monday, April 8, 2013

HEFAJAT REJECTS PM STATEMENT

Enact law according to Quran, Hefajat asks govt

Claims activist killed in ‘cop firing’ in Ctg

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Hefajat-e Islam on Monday rejected prime minister’s statement and demanded formation of a law in line with the Holy Quran to punish people who defame Islam and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, during an interview with BBC, said existing laws were sufficient to punish anyone insulting Islam. She also rejected the demand for a new anti-blasphemy law.

Reacting to the PM’s interview, Noor Hossain Kashemi, convener of Dhaka city unit of Hefajat, said, “A new law will have to be formulated incorporating the provision of the punishment suggested in Islam.”

Briefing newsmen on the daylong countrywide shutdown at Lalbagh Shahi Madrasha, he claimed one of their activists was killed in police firing in Chittagong on Monday.

Kashemi also claimed that over 400 Hefajat men were injured across the country as ruling party workers attacked them during the hartal hours.

The Hefajat leader warned the government of tougher agitation programmes if their 13 demands are not met immediately.

Referring to their demand of banning all foreign culture, including free mixing of men and women, he said, by meeting the demand the dignity of women will be ensured.

  • COLVINOD

    These regressive forces want to save their skin from punishment for the crimes they committed, towards innocent people and their families, during seventies in support of Pakistani army. They are using Islam as a shield and they are no where a true Muslim as they kill other innocent people without any hesitations.

  • Aslam

    Looks like our secular and biased elite as well as media are hellbent on demonizing Hefazat despite the fact that they in general observed a peaceful mega rally on saturday and then hartal today unlike any other party in Bangladesh.

  • dialemma

    We are funny nation ; we fought against the British because we don’t like their law — but our constitution contains many rules followed by British people . We don’t like Pakistan , true , but there are people born in this country who follows people that wants to rename us as “Banglastan” ; shame on this people . Islam is not something that you can force fed somebody ; (like US is attacking North Korea any time now ). Its more likely that US will attack NK tomorrow than the implementation of the 13 point demand . So , please don’t get agitated ; Islam is a religion of peace ; I don’t think that there are elements in it that will kill your livelihood instantaneously .