Bangladesh minorities ‘terrorised’ — al BeBeeCeera shills for Koranimals

“Nothing to do with Islam, its not in the Koran”

The remaining Hindus of Pakistan are becoming an endangered species, just like Christians and Sikhs:

and yet the Dhimmi govt in India won’t grant refugee status to many Hindu applicants out of fear of looking biased in favor of Hindus….

By Anbarasan Ethirajan/BBC News, Noakhali district, southern Bangladesh

This should not have happened. We feel sorry about it. It is not in the Holy Koran”-- Nurul Alam BhuiyanNoakhali, district cleric.

It is:

Quran 8:7: “Allah wished to confirm the truth by His words: ‘Wipe the infidels out to the last…’”

Residents of the village of Aladin Nagarhave been living in fear since the attack last month.

Saraswati Rani Das ran for her life with her two young children when a Muslim mob rampaged through her village in the southern Noakhali district of Bangladesh.

Mrs Das broke down repeatedly as she tried to explain how their tiny tin-roof house was destroyed and set on fire.–Continue reading the main story

The attack started hours after a senior hardline Islamist leader was sentenced to death by a special tribunal in late February.

Jamaat-e-Islami party Vice President Delwar Hossain Sayedee was given a death sentence for crimes committed during the war of independence from Pakistan in 1971.

The sentencing triggered a wave of angry protests from the Islamist party’s supporters. In many districts, buildings and vehicles were damaged. More than 60 people were killed in clashes with the security forces.

Living in fear

Minority Hindu and Buddhist communities bore the brunt of the attacks as their houses and temples were vandalised and burnt down.

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 Nurul Alam Bhuiyan

“This should not have happened. We feel sorry about it. It is not in the Holy Koran”–Nurul Alam BhuiyanNoakhali district cleric

“We heard the mob was coming towards our house. So, we just ran away. Our house was completely burnt. They looted all our belongings, including our savings. We have lost everything,” Mrs Das says.

The village of Aladin Nagar, about 120km (75 miles) south of the capital Dhaka, was strewn with torn tin sheets, broken glass, food grain, damaged books and burnt bicycles.

Its residents have been living in fear since the attack and are afraid that they may be targeted again.

Hindu community leaders allege that the attacks were co-ordinated and widespread. So far, they say, more than 50 temples have been damaged and more than 1,500 houses destroyed in the attacks, which took place in nearly 20 districts over the last few weeks.

In some villages near the southern city of Chittagong, statues of Buddha were damaged and Buddhist temples were vandalised.

But the authorities say that such crimes will not go unpunished.

“We are fully committed to protecting the minorities. We have taken enough measures so that these people are not attacked in the future. We have also provided sufficient relief,” Home Minister Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir told the BBC.

‘Targeted again’

Hindus make up nearly 10% of the population of about 153 million in this Muslim-majority nation. The two communities live side by side in villages across Bangladesh.

Saraswati Rani Das
Saraswati Rani Das and her children had to run for their lives when the village was attacked

Muslim community leaders have condemned the attacks.

“This should not have happened. We feel sorry about it. It is not in the Holy Koran,” Noakhali district cleric Mohammad Nurul Alam Bhuiyan said.

While people like Mrs Das witnessed communal violence for the first time, Hindu businessmen like Subash Chandra Ghosh in southern Satkhira district say it was similar to what happened to them in 1971, when Bangladesh fought a bloody nine-month war against Pakistan to gain independence.

“In 1971, our house was damaged and our neighbour’s house was set on fire by anti-liberation forces. We are being targeted again. What should we do?” laments Mr Ghosh, who fought for independence.

Some say the minorities are attacked because they mostly support the governing Awami League party and are a soft target.

Bangladesh has long prided itself on its secular values – but that image has taken a knock following the recent violence.

Buddhist villages in Cox’s Bazar district also came under attack by Muslim mobs last year, when an image allegedly insulting the Koran was posted on Facebook by a Buddhist youth. Many Buddhist temples were vandalised in the subsequent violence.

War crimes

Investigations by the local media later revealed the youth had nothing to do with the incident.

Nobody had anything to do with the “incident”. Nobody will ever be prosecuted for it. The Christians brought it onto themselves.

Damaged Hindu artefacts in Aladin Nagar
Hindu artefacts were destroyed in the mob attack in Aladin Nagar

The independence war came to an end after India sent in troops on behalf of the Bengalis. More than 90,000 Pakistani soldiers and officers surrendered to the Indian army and were taken as prisoners of war.

Official estimates say more than three million were killed and tens of thousands of women raped during the war. The minority Hindu community suffered disproportionately because some Pakistanis blamed them for Bangladesh’s secession.

A special tribunal in Bangladesh is prosecuting those accused of collaborating with Pakistani forces and carrying out atrocities more than 40 years ago.

The recent violence is mainly blamed on the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami party, whose leaders are facing war crimes at the tribunal. But the party – which opposed Bangladesh’s independence from Pakistan – denies the charges.

“The Jamaat-e-Islami is a peaceful political party and they do not encourage any violent activities. People who took part in the attack on minorities belong to other political parties,” asserts Mohammad Tajul Islam, a Jamaat leader in Noakhali district.

Hindu community leaders say the attacks are systematic and have been going on for years. They say they are not only carried out by hardline Islamists but also by supporters of other mainstream political parties, including the Awami League and the main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party.

The aim of the violence, Hindu leaders allege, is to grab land and other property. As a result, they say, many Hindus are fleeing to India to escape harassment, intimidation and violence.

“In 1947, Hindus constituted around 30% of the population,” says Subroto Chowdhury, a Hindu community leader in Dhaka.

“Now it is less than 10%. Hindus are being warned to leave so that locals can take over their land and houses.

“Our community is being persecuted.”

But Mr Alamgir, the home minister, says historically there have been movement of Hindus to India and Muslims to Bangladesh – because of various incidents.

“These are aberrations. The governments of the two countries are determined to make sure that they stay in full peace and security.”

And people like Mr Ghosh say they will resist attempts to drive them away from Bangladesh.

“This is our motherland and we have been living here for 25 generations. We cannot imagine of leaving this land. This is our country.”

4 thoughts on “Bangladesh minorities ‘terrorised’ — al BeBeeCeera shills for Koranimals”

  1. i am a bangladeshi. some true & some false information. its a political problem created by government.

  2. “Saudi-backed Tycoon Finances Jamaat-e-islami”

    The Money Jihad blog has posted an article titled ”Saudi-backed tycoon finances Jamaat-e-Islami” that looks at the financing of the Jamaat-e-Islam (JEI) by a Saudi tycoon. The report begins:

    March 19, 2013 Mir Quasem Ali Mir Quasem Ali serves as the de facto treasurer of Jamaat-e-Islami (JEI or simply ‘Jamaat’), the Islamist political party in Bangladesh with close ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and militant causes. He has served for nearly 40 years as Saudi Arabia’s money man in Bangladesh, being involved major Wahhabi-backed institutions since the 1970s.Mir Quasem Ali (also often spelled Mir Kashem Ali) is in jail at the moment for war crimes he and his Al-Badr group committed during Bangladesh’s struggle for independence in 1971, but he is still sometimes touted as the party’s next leader. According to one account, Mir Quasem Ali fled to Saudi Arabia after Bangladesh secured its independence, and returned after amnesty was offered in 1974. He landed a job at the newly founded Islami Bank Bangladesh Limited, Bangladesh’s biggest sharia bank (which itself has close ties to Saudi Arabia’s Al Rajhi Bank), and he became IBBL’s director for many years according to an article by Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury: …IBBL provides JEI an opportunity to launder money from abroad and also channel un-audited funds to various militant groups in the country and abroad. Islamic Bank Foundation (IBF), a JEI floated organization oversees all the projects of IBBL and profits generated by it and the interest / commission accrued on foreign donations goes to the IBBL account of IBF. The IBF is headed by Mir Qasem Ali, JEI Executive Committee member and Country Director of the Saudi based Islamic NGO Rabeta-al-alam-al-Islami that funds a number of projects in Bangladesh. Mir Quasem Ali, the main brain behind JEI’s finances, is now in jail facing trial on war crimes charges. He remained Director of IBBL for a number of years since its inception in 1975…Money Jihad readers will recall that Bangladeshi authorities say that IBBL has diverted 8 percent of its corporate zakat to terrorists. The U.S. Senate also blasted HSBC last year for its banking relationships with IBBL.

    Read the rest here.

    The Jamaat-e-Islami (JEI )was founded in 1941 and had it’s origins in the thoughts of Maulana Sayyid Abul A’la Maududi (1903-79), the most important Islamist intellectual in the history of Southeast Asia. Maududi was also a major influence on the global Muslim Brotherhood with whom the JEI has long enjoyed close relations. In the United States, the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) is generally considered to represent the JEI.

    Recent posts have discussed the current war crimes trials of JEI leaders.

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