'Shafi, as an elderly person, should refrain from making comments which will go against the government’s development programs'
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anisul Huq on Tuesday said that Hefazat-e-Islam chief Shah Ahmed Shafi’s remarks about women’s education will not affect government policy.
Speaking to reporters after a program at Dhaka’s Bailey Road, he also said that Shafi, as an elderly person, should refrain from making comments which will go against the government’s development programs.
Anisul remarked that Prime Minister’s Sheikh Hasina’s move to recognize top Qawmi madrasa degree, Dawra-e-Hadith, as equivalent to post-graduate degree as “very positive.”
Describing Shafi’s comments as “his personal opinion”, the Law Minister also said ensuring women’s rights is a priority in the Hasina-led administration
The known Islamic hardliner had called on Friday not to allow girls to study, which sparked widespread controversy, drawing criticism from different quarters including government ministers.
When asked about Jatiya Oikya Front’s demand of re-election, he said it was illogical and not constitutional.
“People had used their voting rights to elect representatives of their choice,” Anisul said, “Leaders of the Oikya Front have no right to disrespect that.”