Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN)- The government is considering a ban on the politics of Jamaat-e-Islami, Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said in the capital Dhaka on Sunday.
“The parties which practice politics killing people including law enforcers and damaging properties of public should not be allowed to run in any democratic country,” the minister said.
The law minister was talking to journalists after attending an inauguration ceremony of a training program on arbitration at the city’s Ruposhi Bangla Hotel in the morning.
The minister said the election commission can take steps on banning the politics of Jamaat if the commission finds inconsistency between the constitution of the party and the charter of the republic.
Replying to a query about passing a bill to amend the law to ban Jamaat politics, Mr. Ahmed said the prime minister has already said that the Jamaat has no right to do politics in the country as they believe in terrorism, not democracy.
On Saturday, after visiting the slain blogger Ahmed Rajib Haidar’s house in the capital’s Pallabi area, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said Jamaat and its students wing Islami Chhatra Shibir have no right to practice politics in Bangladesh as ‘they do not believe in democracy. They believe in terrorism and practice politics of terrorism.
Rajib, a blogger and an activist of ongoing Shahbagh movement, was found stabbed dead near his Palash Nagar house in Pallabi Friday night.
BBN/SSR/AD-17Feb13-2:03 pm (BST)