Jamaat-e-Islami calls strike over state religion

The Jamaat-e-Islami has called a shutdown for Monday, when the High Court is scheduled to start hearing a writ petition on the issue of state religion.

Senior Correspondentbdnews24.com
Published : 27 March 2016, 11:54 AM
Updated : 27 March 2016, 11:54 AM

It claimed there was a “deep-rooted conspiracy to rid the country of religion by removing Islam as the state religion,”  its acting secretary general Dr Shafikur Rahman said in statement published in the party’s website on Sunday.

The amendment made in June 1988 during the tenure of military strongman HM Ershad inserted Article 2A in the Constitution, giving Islam the status of state religion.

Fifteen eminent persons filed a writ petition the same year challenging the change in the Constitution.