Finance Minister AMA Muhith has said that Jamaat is an enemy of freedom and Bangladesh, suggesting the party be immediately expelled from the country.
Speaking to journalists following a courtesy call on the leaders of BCS Economic and BCS Admin cadres’ Associations at his own office on Monday, the minister also said: “Terrorism in the country is under control due to the efforts of law enforcement agencies.”
When asked whether the attack on Prof Muhammed Zafar Iqbal proves the continued existence of extremism in the country, Muhith said: “Law enforcement agencies have everything under control. Whenever unsavoury incidents have occurred, they have taken action and the culprits have been arrested.”
Meanwhile, the uncle of Zafar Iqbal’s assailant is a farmer leader who has also been taken into custody. In light of this, BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir questioned whether Awami League had a hand in the incident.
In response to the allegation, Muhith said Fakhrul's words show that he shares the Jamaat mentality.
A bill to ban Jamaat as a political party has been sent to the Cabinet Division, but the government is yet to confirm whether it will be approved. When asked on the matter, the finance minister said: “There are a few problems regarding the banning of Jamaat. We have to tread lightly in the matter.”
This article was first published on banglatribune.com