Islamic hardliner Hefazat-e-Islam chief Shah Ahmed Shafi said they will not support anyone or contest in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
He was presiding over a religious congregation (shan-e-resalat) organised by the group on the premises of Jamiatul Falah Mosque in Chittagong on Saturday.
“Hefazat has no political goals. It does not have amity or enmity with anybody for political gains,” he said.
“The sovereignty and independence of the country can be protected by leaders who have faith in God. There will be no injustice, bribery, corruption and anarchy in the country if it is ruled by such leaders. And justice will prevail all over the society,” the cleric added.
He said Hefazat is a spiritual and self-corrective organisation. "It is a universal apolitical platform. The objective of the organisation is to protect the belief, culture and tenets of Islam, raise consciousness among the Muslims, and wage 'methodical' movement over religious issues," he further added.