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Hefazat holds rally at Jatrabari

Update : 28 Apr 2013, 02:40 PM

The Hefazat-e-Islam held a rally at Jatrabari in the capital on Sunday ahead of its May 5 Dhaka siege programme.

The Islamist group’s leaders speaking at the rally warned that “from May 5 the country would run under Allama Shafi’s orders” if the government fails to meet their 13-point demand by then.

The little-known Islamist group, led by Quomi madrasa figure Allama Shah Ahmed Shafi, came into spotlight by holding a grand rally in the capital on April 6, clamouring for demands such as “punishment of atheist bloggers” and “ban on free mixing of men and women”.

The Hefazat leaders told the rally that their April 6 rally was only a “missed call to the government” and on May 5, they would “give the government a call”.

The group plans to besiege Dhaka on May 5 if the government fails to meet their demands by Tuesday.

They claimed that the constitution of Bangladesh was “against Qur’an and Hadith” and that “there should be 1,300 amendments if necessary to fix that”.

Hefazat Dhaka unit Convenor Nur Hossain Quashemi, Dhaka unit Secretary General Junayed al-Habib and central leader Mainuddin Ruhi were present at the rally.

The Hefazat’s Jatrabari branch convenor Azharul Islam presided over the rally.

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