Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu on Tuesday said that vested interests led by Hefazat-e-Islam were loyal to anti-liberation forces, Pakistan and religious extremists, and had nothing to do with the ruling grand alliance.
Inu, also the president of a faction of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal, made the remarks while talking to reporters after a meeting with the party men at Kushtia Circuit House.
The minister’s comments criticising the chief of Qawmi madrasa-based group Hefazat, Allama Ahmad Shah Shafi, came after the BNP alleged that the government was hatching a conspiracy colluding with the quarters.
Hefazat was formed in 2010 to wage a movement for the establishment of Shariah-based rule in the country. They staged violent demonstrations in 2013 to counter the Shahbagh movement and have been professing that atheists should be killed.
Inu said that radical Islamist group Hefazat and its allies were not preaching the true form of Islam.
“This group actually consists of religion-based political opportunists. So, there is no possibility of the grand alliance getting engaged with it,” he added.
The government has been facing severe criticism from the BNP and left parties, and liberal groups and secularists after Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina recently supported Hefazat’s demand of shifting the modified statue of Goddess Themis from the Supreme Court premises.
The premier also agreed to recognise the highest degree of Qawmi madrasas, Dawra-e-Hadith, as equivalent to the Master’s degree of the mainstream education system in Islamic studies or Arabic.
Inu warned that all political parties must adhere to the four principles of the constitution, the declaration of independence and the father of the nation to survive in politics.
They would have to sever ties with war criminals, Jamaat and militants, he added.