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Tihar Jail
Oct 2, 2009
This is one Good and courageous move bangladeshi govt took to move country away from islamic terrorism.Atleast bangladesh is learning from the depravity of pakistan .

Bangladesh bans books written by radical Islamic author

The Bangladeshi government has ordered mosques and libraries across the country to remove all books written by a controversial Islamic scholar.

The chief of the government-funded Islamic Foundation told the BBC that the books by Syed Abul Ala Maududi encouraged "militancy and terrorism".

Mr Maududi - who died in 1979 - is the founder of the Jamaat-e-Islami party.

His works are essential reading for supporters of the Jamaat-e-Islami party in the region.

Born in India, the Pakistani scholar is considered the most prominent theorist of radical Islam in modern South Asian history.

But Bangladeshi officials say Mr Maududi's writings promote radicalism and his ideological goal was to capture power in the name of Islam.

"His writings are against the peaceful ideology of Islam. So, it is not correct to keep books of Mr Maududi in mosques," Islamic Foundation Director-General Shamim Mohammad Afjal told the BBC.

The government has now ordered nearly 24,000 libraries attached to mosques to remove his books immediately. Some have already started to do so.

A senior official from Jamaat-e-Islami, ATM Azharul Islam, described the move as an attack on Islam.

"Mr Maududi's books are being published in many countries and there have been no complaints against his writings so far," he said.

The decision by the Awami League-led government is widely seen as part of its efforts to curb the activities of Jamaat-e-Islami, accused by many Bangladeshis of collaborating with the Pakistani army during the 1971 war of independence.

Five senior leaders of the party were arrested recently on charges of committing mass murder during the war. The party denies the accusations.


New Member
Mar 31, 2010
Former Bangla ministers, officials face action
Spl correspondent
NEW DELHI, July 21
– Several top ministers and bureaucrats in the erstwhile Khalida Zia's government, including former Minister of State for Home Lutfuzzaman Babar may face legal action for their alleged involvement in the Chittagong arms haul of 2004.
If indicted, Babar may be highest official to be prosecuted after two Major Generals were put behind bars. The seized arms were meant for ULFA and were destined for Assam.

The latest action in the case indicates that the crackdown mounted against ULFA by the Awami League regime has gained further momentum, said sources.

Sources here said that the probe team investigating the arms haul has found 'crucial evidence against several high-profile people including Babar. Probe into the case is nearing completion. At least 43 people are behind bars and charge sheet was filed before the Chittagong Court.

Other high-profile suspects include former home secretary Omar Faruque. They were earlier interrogated as part of investigations in the case and pointed their fingers to the ex-junior Home Minister, who however, is already in jail to face several other criminal and graft charges.

Interestingly, another minister and Jamaat-e- Islami chief, Maulana Matiur Rahman Nizami is also likely to be 'arrested' in connection with the case. The former Industries Minister is already behind bars in some other case. He was interrogated in custody on Saturday last for his suspected role in the haul.

Nizami is reported to have denied his involvement in the haul and shifted his responsibility to others in using the Chittagong Urea Fertiliser Company Ltd (CUFL) jetty for unloading and loading the arms consignment, the official said

At least 10 truckloads of weapons were seized despite efforts by certain "influential quarters" for their safe passage to ULFA hideouts in Assam through south-eastern port city of Chittagong.

The smugglers used a jetty belonging to CUFL under the industries ministry for unloading the weapons and reloading in the trucks destined for Assam.

The weapons were manufactured at China North Industries Corporation or Norinco for its defence forces, some of which are adaptations of Soviet equipment.

The ship that carried the weapons from China is yet to be identified.

Sources said Bangladesh is now officially looking for ULFA military chief Paresh Barua for his involvement in the arms haul case. Barua reportedly oversaw the abortive smuggling process in connivance with the influential people in Bangladesh.
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New Member
Mar 31, 2010
Now, they are talking. This is a good initiative from Bangladesh. With zero support to NE terrorists from Bangladesh (through ISI) relations will go to a new level. GoI should welcome this step and help Bangladesh in whatever way GoI thinks is best.


Senior Member
Feb 23, 2009
At least 100 hurt in Bangladesh clash on wages

Saturday, 31 Jul, 2010

Bangladeshi policemen (L) run from garment workers on a highway during clashes between
garment workers and police in Asulia some 20kms north-west of Dhaka on July 31, 2010.
Bangladeshi police fired rubber bullets in a bid to subdue garment workers who rioted for
a second day in protest against low pay as unrest spread to areas outside Dhaka, police said.
Workers fought pitched street battles with riot police in the manufacturing hub of Ashulia,
north of Dhaka, as union officials rejected a government-backed pay hike as "insultingly low." – AFP Photo

DHAKA: At least 100 people were injured when garment workers attacked factories and vehicles in Bangladesh on Saturday in a second day of protests to demand higher wages, police and witnesses said.

Police fired rubber bullets and used teargas and batons against workers blocking roads in the capital Dhaka's suburbs.

This week the government set the minimum monthly wage to 3,000 taka ($43). Workers are demanding 5,000 taka.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina made a plea for calm.

"Who will benefit if the (garment) industry is destroyed? The workers should not involve themselves in any activity that might put their own source of bread at risk," Hasina's press secretary, Abul Kalam Azad, quoted her as saying.

The garment industry is Bangladesh's second biggest employer after agriculture, and accounts for more than 80 percent of the impoverished country's annual export earnings of $16 billion.

Saturday's protests started in Ashulia, an industrial area 30 km (19 miles) north of the capital.

"Several policemen were also injured, as they clashed with workers, trying to dispel attacks on their vans," a local newspaper reporter at the scene told Reuters.

The workers beat and seriously injured a cameraman working for a local television channel when he tried to film them. They also damaged and looted machines and ready-to-wear garments from a number of factories, witnesses said.

Police have so far detained 25 people.

Protesters also blocked a road at Fatulla, 16 km east of Dhaka, and more than 50 people were hurt in clashes with police.


Protest leaders blamed police for sparking violence by assaulting workers during peaceful rallies.

Begum Khaleda Zia, former prime minister and chief of the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party, speaking at a party meeting blamed "wrong government policies for the ongoing anarchy in the garment sector".
Leaders of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) demanded order be restored and threatened to close down factories if vandalism continues.

"We will be compelled to close down factories if government fails to give us protection," BGMEA vice president Faruque Hassan told Reuters. He said criminals disguised as workers had looted factories and wayside shops during the clashes.

BGMEA represents some 4,500 garment factories, that employ more 3.5 million workers, mostly women.

Bangladesh-based factories make garments for international brands such JC Penney, Wal-Mart, H&M, Kohl's, Marks & Spencer, Zara and Carrefour. – Reuters

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