Dhaka, Friday, September 9, 2005
Islamist group splits over Ahmadiyya hate campaign
The International Khatme Nabuwat Movement on Thursday split up over carrying out their hate campaign against the Ahmadiyya Muslim community.
A group of the organisation that had been carrying out the hate campaign against the Ahmadiyya Muslim sect over the last couple of years announced to suspend their ongoing anti-Ahmadiyya programme because of the latest situation arisen after the wave of blasts across the country on August 17, but the other group vowed to go on.
Both the groups at the same press conference blamed each other using abusive languages for the rift.
The rift surfaced as a group led by a senior nayeb-e-amir of the organisation, Mufti Noor Hossain Noorani, organised the press conference at a city hotel to announce the suspension of their campaign while the other group entered the conference venue and refused to acknowledge the announcers as their members.
‘The International Khatme Nabuwat has withdrawn all its anti-Ahmadiyya programmes including submission of a memorandum to the prime minister on September 28,’ Noorani announced.
Just prior to the conclusion of the press conference, another group led by its amir Mahmudul Hasan Mamatazi came to scene and accused Noorani as an agent of the Indian intelligent agency RAW.
‘He lied…he wants to carry secret mission of the Indian government. He is the local agent of the RAW,’ Mamatazi said and added he would go ahead with anti-Ahmadiyya programme.
Mamatazi reaffirmed that they would continue all the programmes the organisation has previously announced. ‘We do not carry out the agenda of foreign lords. The programmes will continue,’ he said.
He also claimed that they kept track of the suspicious act of Noorani. ‘That’s why we expelled him three days ago,’ he said
But Noorani denied the news of his expulsion. ‘No one told me that I was expelled. What they said is now a clear conspiracy against the country and the Muslims,’ Noorani said.
Members of the Ahmadiyya community in Bangladesh, about 100,000 in number, have been living in fear of attack, looting and killing since October 2003 when the anti-Ahmadiyya agitations began.
The International Khatme Nabuwat Movement has launched a series of attacks on the Ahmadiyya community and asked the government to ban the practice of this religion in Bangladesh.
To appease the Islamic zealots, the government banned all kinds of publications of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in January 8, 2004. But the High Court in an order later stayed the government ban.