[Dhaka Correspondent] Khilafatist outfit Hizb ut-Tahrir has declared that it will march towards the Prothom Alo office in Dhaka coming Friday demanding the newspaper’s closure for publishing a blasphemous cartoon and remarks defaming the holy Kaaba by its sister concern Weekly 2000.
HuT announced fresh programmes on expiration of its three-day ultimatum to cancel the declaration of Prothom Alo and Weekly 2000 and arrest of Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman, Weekly 2000 editor Golam Mortoza and publisher of the two newspapers, Mahfuz Anam.
Leaders of the right-wing group at a news briefing said they would hold a rally after Friday prayers near the Baitul Mukarram mosque and then march towards Prothom Alo. Rallies will also be held at divisional headquarters. The women’s wing of HuT will form a human chain in front of the National Press Club Friday morning. Rallies will also be held at different city points on Wednesday and Thursday in support of the Friday march.
HuT labeled the publication of blasphemous cartoons and articles “part of a global crusade against Islam following the footsteps of Denmark and Sweden.”
“No Muslin can accept defamation of the Prophet and his wives, and the holy Kaaba,” said Mohiuddin Ahmed, Chief Coordinator, HuT, Bangladesh.
Mohiuddin accused the government of taking a stand against Islam and in favor of the defamation of the Prophet by attacking a procession by HuT last Friday towards Prothom Alo office that left 50 of its activists injured.
“The article 41 of the constitution allows freedom of religion and is not suspended under the emergency rules. So holding peaceful protests against the defamation of prophet and the Kaaba do not fall under the emergency rules rather the Prothom Alo and Weekly 2000 violated the emergency rules creating agitation among people by publishing such cartoon and article,” Mohiuddin said adding that protesting against the defamation of the prophet was an obligatory duty of every Muslim by belief.
HuT rejected the forgiving of Prothom Alo editor Matiur Rahman by the khatib of Baitul Mukarram mosque, Obaidul Huq, saying when Allah and his prophet did not forgive defamation of him or his prophet, who is the khatib to forgive them.
“Ironically when the khatib had forgiven Matiur Rahman, another concern of the same publishing house published another article that contains defamatory remarks about the holy Kaaba and the wives of the prophet. And the daily star editor, Mahfuz Anam is the publisher of both the newspaper and the magazine,” Mohiuddin said.
He said Prothom Alo and its concerns were busy in propagating to establish a theory that Bangladesh is a failed state and continued negative propagation against the armed forces, the symbol of the nation’s sovereignty. “Now they are engaged in anti-Islamic propaganda as part of the anti-Bangladesh propagation,” he added.