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Legal procedure of banning Jamaat's politics to be started by March 26: Law Minister

DHAKA, Feb 23, 2013 (BSS) - Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed today expressed the hope that the legal procedure of banning Jamaat-e-Islami politics will start by March 26 next.

"A writ petition challenging the legality of Jamaat's registration is now remained pending with the High Court. With the disposal of the petition, the HC may give a directive in this regard and then decision would be taken to a ban of Jamaat activities," he said.

The minister also hoped that the writ petition would be disposed of by next one or two weeks. Barrister Shafique said this replying to a query of journalist after emerging from the annual general meeting of Bangladesh Registration Service Association (BRS) at the Institute of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh here.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Tariqat Federation filed the writ petition on January 25, 2009 challenging legality of the Election Commission's decision that registered Jamaat as a political party on November 4, 2008.

The law minister said the party, which unleashes terrorism using mosques, launches attack on innocent people, defame national flag and smear negative campaign in the name of religion has no right to do politics in a democratic atmosphere.

"We can not accept such heinous acts of a political party," he said, adding that the people of the country will resist those elements to protect independence and sovereignty of the country.

Describing Islam as a religion of peace and harmony, he said those who are creating chaos and anarchy in the name of Islam are the enemies of people and the people will resist them at any cost.

The Law Minister said the government is examining legal procedure of banning Jamaat's politics and the highest court will take decision in line with the constitution and law whether Jamaat-e-Islami has the right to do politics in the country.

State Minister for Law Advocate Qamrul Islam, Director General of Registration Directorate Khan Md. Abdul Mannan, BRS Secretary General Mahfuzur Rahman Khan, among others, also spoke at the function with President of the organization Sharafat Ali Khan in the chair.