Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu on Thursday urged Hefajat-e Islam to withdraw the May 5 Dhaka siege programme, saying that there was no basis that Islam has been endangered in the country.
“Not only Islam, no religion has been endangered here in Bangladesh since the independence. So, Hefajat-e Islam does not have any basis to raise a movement to protect Islam,” the minister said at a press conference at the Secretariat.
“Hefajat-e Islam is not running any ‘Imani’ movement…it has been lying and it is busy protecting Jamaat-e-Islami,” he said.
Highlighting the Jamaat, which believes in Moududi theory-based Islam, as a great enemy of Islam, Inu said: “Hefajat is playing a dubious role by remaining silent against this enemy.”
Hefajat is playing the role of an umbrella for Jamaat and Moududi-minded people who have been doing the politics of terror and conspiracy recently.
“Hefajat is lying in the name of protecting Islam,” said the minister.
Leaders of the organisation, which was formed in 2010 to protest Women Development Policy, threatened from a rally in Dhaka on April 6 that it would lay siege to the capital on May 5 if their 13-point demand is not met by April 30.
The demands include a law allowing for the death penalty for maligning Islam and stern punishment to those they call atheist bloggers.
It held rallies in Chittagong, Sylhet, Khulna, Barisal, Rajshahi, Mymensingh, Brahmanbaria, Faridpur and Bogra in April to drum up support for their demands.