‘Hifazat chief implementing Jamaat agenda’

The Bangladesh Sammilito Islami Jote has alleged Hifazat-e Islam chief Allama Ahmad Shafi had assisted the Pakistani Army and the vigilante force Razakars by forming Mujahid Bahini in 1971.

Staff Correspondentbdnews24.com
Published : 4 April 2013, 07:19 AM
Updated : 5 April 2013, 00:31 AM

Maulana Ziaul Hasan, chief of the Islamist combine, questioned the role of the Hifazat chief during country’s liberation struggle at a time when allegation has surfaced against that the radical group was trying to protect the Jamaat-e-Islami.

The Jamaat is believed to have aided and perpetrated atrocities against Bengalis including genocide and rape during Bangladesh’s War of Independence in 1971.

”Where were the leaders of Hifazat when the Pakistani Army and its collaborators killed, raped and tortured people,” he threw the poser at a press conference in the National Press Club on Thursday.

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He further alleged Ahmad Shafi had taken to the streets only to ‘implement an agenda’ to save the collaborators of Pakistan.
The Hifazat has been opposing the Shahbagh’s Ganajagaran Mancha, which seeks capital punishment for the war criminals and a ban on the Jamaat-e-Islami. It tagged the Mancha organisers as ‘atheists’ and demanded their immediate arrest on charges of defaming Islam.
It came to limelight recently following its announcement to prevent the Ganajagaran Mancha activists from entering Chittagong.
They also chanted slogans in the port city demanding release of Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee, who was awarded death sentence on war crimes charges on Feb 28.
Maulana Ziaul Hasan said, “Jamaat leaders Ghulam Azam, (Motiur Rahman) Nizami, Sayedee, (Abdul) Quader Molla, (Mohammad) Kamaruzzaman and BNP leader (Salauddin Quader) Chowdhury and Abdul Alim had sided with Pakistani occupational forces during the War of Liberation.”
He said the long march by the Hifazat-e Islam slated for Apr 6 in the name of religion was against Islam and the Quran.
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