Bangladesh Awami Olama League has demanded eminent expatriate journalist and columnist Adbul Gaffar Chowdhury be
punished for his remarks that hurt the sentiments of the country’s majority Muslim population.
The demand was voiced at a human chain at the National Press Club. Some 13 other Islamist parties joined the program and expressed solidarity with the demand.
Chaired by the Olema League’s president, Moulana Akhter Hossain Bukhari, the discussion today was also addressed by their general secretary, Maolana Md Abul Hassan Sheikh Sariatpuri, and the president of the Shwammilito Islamic Gobeshona Parishad, Maolana Md Abdus Sattar.
According to different media reports, Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury on July 3, made various derogatory comments on Allah, Islam and Muslims in a discussion on ‘Bangladesh: Past, Present and Future’ at the Permanent Mission of Bangladesh to the UN in New York.
Speaking today, Moulana Akhter Hossain Bukhari said Abdul Gaffar Chowdury’s comments were ‘a sheer attack on Allah, Islam and Muslims’. Bangladeshi Muslims would never tolerate such abusive remarks, he continued, and would ‘protest it as it is an Imani duty.’
He demanded punishment to Gaffar Chowdhury by putting him in the dock after bringing him back in Bangladesh.
Terming Gaffar Chowdury ‘nastik’ and ‘murtad’, Akhter Hossain also said if the government ensures exemplary punishment to such individuals, no one would attempt to raise their voice against Islam and Allah.