BANGLADESH: Media no less than terrorists

Addressing the Jatiya Press Club seminar, Minister Nizami blames an international clique for implying the Jamaat-e-Islami are terrorists

The Daily Star
Thursday, September 29, 2005

Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer and Industries Minister Matiur Rahman Nizami has said the role of media is not less than that of terrorists.

The minister was addressing a seminar on 'Fundamentalism, militancy and Islam' organised by Bangladesh Quran Shikkha Society at the Jatiya Press Club yesterday.

Chaired by Moulana Abdus Saheed Nasim, the seminar was attended, among others, by former secretary Shah Abdul Hannan, Editor of the Daily Sangram Abul Asad and Dhaka City Jamaat Secretary Moulana Rafiqul Islam Khan. Nizami said an international clique is engaged to implicate Jamaat-e-Islami in terrorist activities and the persons being used as their tools are tarnishing the image of Islam under the garb of alems (religious scholars).

He urged the leaders and activists of the party to remain alert against this force.

Even after the confessional statements of those who were involved in the countrywide bomb attacks and the organisation that had distributed leaflets admitted and declared their involvement, the Jamaat is being blamed, he alleged.

The Jamaat chief said a newspaper ran a report that 40 percent of the arrestees from across the country on charge of bomb attacks are Jamaat members, which is totally untrue.

And when we protested the news item, the newspaper published our rejoinder, but it was done in a way so as not to be clearly noticed.