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No plan to ban Jamaat: Ashraf

  • Published at 02:10 am August 4th, 2013

Amid the growing demand for the ban of Jamaat-e-Islami, Awami League General Secretary and LGRD Minister Syed Ashraful Islam on Saturday said the government had no plan to ban the Islamist party.

"The High Court declared Jamaat's registration illegal for not fulfilling the registration conditions. Jamaat can get its registration back if it can convince the High Court and the Election Commission by fulfilling then conditions," he said.

The minister said this while talking to journalists after opening a sales centre of "Shanti," the bottled water of Dhaka Wasa, at Mirpur 10 in the capital.

A High Court bench, headed by Justice M Moazzam Husain, on Thursday declared Jamaat's registration illegal on a writ petition in the form of public interest litigation challenging the validity of the Election Commission decision that had given registration to Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami as a political party in 2008.

About Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's son Sajeeb Wajed Joy's joining politics, the ruling party leader said: "New blood is needed in our politics" no matter whether s/he comes from inside and outside the country."

Many of the young generation who are meritorious are going abroad for study. "It will be better for us if they return home and join politics," Ashraf added.

Citing the example of Tulip Siddiq, daughter of PM's younger sister Sheikh Rehena, Syed Ashraf said: "It is very difficult to be a candidate in British parliamentary polls. She achieved it through her merit and efficiency."

On the quality of water in Dhaka city, the minister said: "Rivers surrounding the capital have become too polluted to treat. Water is for all. So, we must save it from pollution for the people."