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Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Violence marks Jamaat's hartal

This should have been avoided

Tuesday's Jamaat-e-Islami-enforced hartal came as a protest against what the party claimed the government's denying them permission to hold meeting the day before. The party said it sought permission from the government to hold a rally, while the home minister refuted it saying the party did not seek it. We are confused whether the situated was precipitated.

That said, we strongly condemn violent means Jamaat adopted on the previous day resorting to arson and smashing of vehicles. Such pre-hartal tactics of intimidation unmask the party's current approach to protest.

In the main, Tuesday's hartal took a violent turn. Shibir activists went for hit-run policy and carried out surprise attacks on moving vehicles, and law-enforcers. They carried out their vandalism at Mirpur, Tejgaon, Farmgate, Karwan bazaar, Jatrabari, Banani and burnt and smashed vehicles. Outside capital city, similar attacks on police and public vehicles were reported from Narayanganj, Savar, Brahmanbaria, Chittagong, Rajshahi and other parts of the country. Several person were injured, while the day before one died in Dinajpur.

It is becoming increasingly clear that Jamaat is on belligerent course. But as an open and legally recognised party, it cannot simply engage in such violent activities like arson and vandalism. Two positions cannot go together.

Jamaat's agitation programmes and ruling Awami League's announcement for meetings that coincided with those threatened to create a law and order situation in different districts. This led to clamping of section144 by the government in those areas.

Such behaviour is in not sync with democratic norms.

In this paper, we have been consistently opposed to hartal, because it causes tremendous public suffering and leads to huge loss to national economy apart from other deleterious impacts.

While Jamaat must desist from such a violent path, we urge the government should see the need for providing Jamaat with a democratic space.

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But, who to censure on this occasion which is basically self inflecting. Jamaat submitted application for consent to hold rally in the city which is undeniably their democratic right. Home minister consciously lied to or mislead the nation saying that police did not receive any application for permission to hold any such rally. But police department said just the opposite confirming the receipt of such application which was under active process. Although there are conflicting reports, what we are about to say that is MKA is failing to serve or uphold principle of democracy; or democracy is failing. One of the AL MP yesterday in Tritio-Matra claimed that Jamaat is a terrorist organisation as per US state department. Jamaat is very much a political organisation just like any other political organisation in this country. We have to give them room to come back to healthy politics because that is the reality. We also know that within Jamaat the new generation politicians wish to flourish and they are not willing to carry the burden from the past. This we must take positively. Jamaat is not an emerging force; they existed and they will as they have their own supporter base although their election results never quite reflected so. However, whatever instructions may come from Delhi or United States, we have the reality on ground. Foreigners will only flourish when we allow them to play in murky water. We must not forget that when BNP and AL will fail to give the general people a healthy political solution, people will look for alternative. At currently we need national unity.

: Sheikh Monirul Islam, Opee

A small rehearsal of the future course of turbulent politics has been enacted today by Jamaat, backed morally by BNP. Scores of disorderly and violent, perhaps much more riotous and frenzied hartals cannot be discounted if AL refuges to settle their outstanding politically disputes with the main opposition BNP. Since AL is in the driving seat, the initiative has to come from them with a much more tolerant, flexible and open-minded dispassionate approach.

: Reaz Hassan


  • Turja, Jamat
    Wednesday, December 5, 2012 08:13 AM GMT+06:00 (167 weeks ago)

    Do not treat Jamat a democratic party. Deep down it is anti-people, anti-democratic organisation. Do not try to motivate the extremist. They know exactly what their agenda. Be aware.

  • OpeeMonir
    Wednesday, December 5, 2012 12:04 PM GMT+06:00 (167 weeks ago)

    41 years has gone by and yet we are haunting them; where is the failure at national level? What has gone wrong where is not my business as I want to see a healthy politics for our future generation. We must leave a place healthy enough for them to flourish; this is our responsibility at priority level. Who are extremist leave that to people to judge. As far as democracy is concern Jamat is much more organized as a political party than the others visibly. Jamat practiced more democracy within their party hierarchy that BNP & Awami League.

  • saifur rahman
    Wednesday, December 5, 2012 01:22 PM GMT+06:00 (167 weeks ago)

    According to Jamaat press release, Jamaat called hartal for cancellation of ongoing war crimes trial and release of detained party high-ups. But the editorial failed to refer to the issue.





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