Hefajat-e Islami is carrying out the pre-election agenda of BNP and Jamaat-e-Islami by calling today's long march, Islamic scholars said yesterday.
They urged the Qawmi madrasa-based organisation not to become the opposition parties' weapon and to call off the march.
“We believe that tomorrow's [today] long march is no religious movement. Rather it's a political programme of Jamaat," said Mufti Rezaul Haque Muhammad Abdullah, general secretary of Bangladesh Imam-Olama Kalyan Parishad.
Addressing a press conference at Dhaka Reporters Unity to protest the long march, he also cautioned that Jamaat-Shibir's terrorist group could cause deaths of Islamic scholars during the march.
The Parishad President, Moulana Jahirul Islam Mia, said Jamaat was a follower of Moududi whose ideologies were no less than atheism. The followers of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) cannot hold a long march, he added.
Mufti Rezaul said Jamaat worked to protect the interests of Pakistan in the Liberation War and was intent on foiling the war crimes trial. “Jamaat's intention was fulfilled when some self-proclaimed atheists joined the Gonojagoron Mancha.”
He, however, called upon the government to punish the atheist bloggers and persons who made derogatory comments about Islam.
The Parishad urged Hefajat chief Shah Ahmad Shafi to call off the march, saying many Islamic scholars had rejected the programme.