There is a dramatic development in Bangladesh's political arena. Top leaders of The Islamist political party Jamaat-e-Islami have been arrested on an unusual charge (rather ironic).
Motiur Rahman Nizami, Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid and Delwar Hossain Saydee have been arrested after they claimed Nizami's alleged persecution at the hands of the ruling Awami League was akin to the suffering of the Prophet Mohammed. Surely they can use religion at every possible angle for their own advantage. The Daily Star has details:
On March 21, Syed Rejaul Haque Chandpuri, secretary general of Bangladesh Tarikat Federation, filed a case with a metropolitan magistrate's court in Dhaka against the four Jamaat, and one Shibir leaders, accusing them of hurting religious sentiment of the Muslims.
The case stated that Dhaka City Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Rafiqul Islam Khan, at a discussion in the city on March 17, put Nizami at a par with Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), which hurt the Muslims' religious sentiment.
But I don't support this arrest on such trivial charges which will not stand in the trial. They are also accused of the ongoing trial of war crimes (1971) in Bangladesh. I hope that this does not deviate the coarse of the trial.
Meanwhile India has warned of a possible Laskar-e-Taiba terrorist attack in Bangladesh. Is there a link between these incidents? Only time will tell.
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