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Hefazat shifts November 15 rally in Dhaka

Update : 10 Nov 2013, 04:14 AM

Radical Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam has decided to shift its planned November 15 Shapla Chattar rally to November 23, after taking into consideration the observance of Ashura and Tablig Jamaat programmes in the capital on November 15.

Hefazat’s Press Secretary Monir Ahmed made the disclosure to the Dhaka Tribune on Saturday, adding that the decision was announced at a programme at Chittagong’s Hathazari on Friday.

However, Bangladesh Tariqat Federation on Saturday reiterated its decision to hold a rally at the capital’s Shapla Chattar on November 15.

The party will hold the rally to protest the conspiracy of turning the country into a Taliban state and to resist Jamaat-Shibir, party Chairman Syed Nazibul Bashar Maizbhandari announced at a joint programme with the party’s presidium and working committee members.

He said the country was now divided in two factions over democracy – one led by opposition leaders who were sheltering Jamaat and Hefazat, while on the other hand, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina led the other team who were working towards a democratic country.

He requested the prime minister to take initiatives to hold the elections under an all-party interim government system formed with the parties that were registered with the Election Commission.

Maizbhandari also blamed Jamaat-Hefazat, saying they were conspiring to make the country like the Taliban-ruled Afghanistan. He also claimed that if the government failed to resist Jamaat-Hefazat, the Tariqat Federation itself will run a movement against the government.

Earlier on November 2, Hefazat declared holding a rally on November 15 at the Shapla Chattar to press home its 13-point demands, call for the release of its leaders and activists detained over the May 5-6 mayhem, and demand the cancellation of the Qawmi Madrasa Education Authority Bill 2013.

On the following day, the Tariqat Federation declared holding a rally at the same venue on the same day, and sought permission from Dhaka Metropolitan Police in this regard. 

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