Jamaat men on the rampage
[Bangla Daily Star] Activists of the Jamaat-e-Islami
The Islamic Society, founded in 1941 in Lahore by Maulana Sayyid Abul Ala Maududi, aka
The Great Apostosizer. The Jamaat opposed the independence of Bangladesh but has operated an
independent branch there since 1975. It maintains close ties with international Mohammedan groups such as the Moslem Brotherhood. the Taliban, and al-Qaeda. The Jamaat's objectives are the establishment of a pure Islamic state, governed by Sharia law. It is distinguished by its xenophobia, and its opposition to Westernization, capitalism, socialism, secularism, and liberalist social mores...
and Islami Chhatra Shibir
... the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh...
fiercely clashed with police in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country for a second consecutive day yesterday.
In several districts outside the capital, the Jamaat-Shibir men attacked the law enforcers with sticks, brickbats and handmade cocktails. At least 86 coppers and two journalists were maimed in their attacks across the country.
The unruly Islamist party men also looted a shotgun from a policeman in Noakhali and a rifle from another policeman in Rajshahi, police said.
The festivities began as the law enforcers tried to intercept the processions the Jamaat-Shibir men brought out demanding the immediate release of their leaders, including the nine tossed in the calaboose
Keep yer hands where we can see 'em, if yez please!
on war crimes charges.
Besides Dhaka, Rajshahi and Noakhali, festivities also took place in Chittagong, Sylhet, Bogra, Pabna, Sirajganj, however, avoided direct replies to those.
In reply to a question, he said, "The aim of the visit [of Khaleda] was to raise before the Indian leaders different bilateral issues unresolved for years." And it had nothing to do with BNP's going to power, he added.
At one stage, Tariqul asked in a loud voice, "Don't you [media] want that BNP builds good relations with India? Will Awami League alone maintain good relations with them?" It is not the exclusive right of any party to have friendly ties with a country, he said.
"Our relationship with India will be on the basis of equality, dignity and illusory sovereignty," the BNP leader told a questioner.
He also said no discussion on Bangladesh's politics and election was held during Khaleda Zia
Three-term PM of Bangla, widow of deceased dictator Ziaur Rahman, head of the Bangla Nationalist Party, an apparent magnet for corruption ...
's visit since those are "our internal affairs".
Tariqul mentioned that during her (BNP chief's) talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi, she assured that her party would not allow any separatist outfit of India to use Bangladesh land.
"No discussion was held on giving transit to India. We rather discussed greater connectivity. "
He also said Khaleda Zia welcomed the idea of a consortium including India and China for establishing a deep-sea port in the Bay of Bengal.
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