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Arrest Latif, or face hartal: Islamic parties

Arrest Latif, or face hartal: Islamic parties

An alliance of different Islamic parties reiterated its threat to call a daylong hartal (shutdown) for October 26 if the government fails to arrest ex-minister Abdul Latif Siddique for his comments that “hurt Muslims’ religious sentiments.” It issued October 22 deadline to arrest Latif Siddique, Zafrullah Khan, spokesperson and also secretary general of the alliance, said in a press briefing at Dhaka Reporters Unity today, Bangla daily Prothom Alo reports. “Otherwise, hartal on October 26,” Zafrullah said. He said sermons will be delivered at all mosques throughout the country against those...

Arrest Latif, or face hartal: Islamic parties

Arrest Latif, or face hartal: Islamic parties

An alliance of different Islamic parties reiterated its threat to call a hartal (shutdown) for October 26 if the government fails to arrest ex-minister Abdul Latif Siddique for his comments that “hurt Muslims’ religious sentiments.” It issued October 22 deadline to arrest Latif Siddique, Zafrullah Khan, spokesperson and also secretary general of the alliance, said in a press briefing at Dhaka Reporters Unity today, Bangla daily Prothom Alo reports. “Otherwise, hartal on October 26,” Zafrullah said. He said sermons will be delivered at all mosques throughout the country against those who demean religion. “Protest rallies will be held on October 21.” The Islamist groups within the alliance include Khilafat Majlis, Khilafat-e-Islam, Islami Oikya...

JCD leader murder: Hartal in Mirsarai Sunday

JCD leader murder: Hartal in Mirsarai Sunday

BNP will enforce dawn-to-dusk hartal in Mirsarai upazila of Chittagong on Sunday protesting the murder of the upazila convener of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) last night. The announcement came this morning from a protest rally organised by the local BNP and its associate organisations following a procession at the upazila headquarters, reports our Chittagong correspondent. As a large portion of Mirsarai upazila is situated on the Chittagong-Dhaka highway, road communication on the highway may be hampered on Sunday, locals said. Contacted, Nurul Amin, convener of Mirsarai upazila unit BNP, told The Daily Star that they had called the strike protesting the murder and also police’s “inaction” to arrest the killers. He held local...

Hartals can't resist war trials: PM

Hartals can't resist war trials: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said the ongoing war crimes trials cannot be resisted by enforcing hartals.  “This trial can’t be resisted by enforcing one or two hartals…the people of the country won’t respond to that,” the prime minister said at a grand civic reception in a New York hotel on Saturday. The government was...

Sporadic clashes mark hartal

Sporadic clashes mark hartal

Sporadic clashes between hartal supporters and policemen across the country marked yesterday's dawn-to-dusk shutdown enforced by the BNP-led 20-party alliance. Except for a few incidents of picketing and processions by local leaders, no top or mid-level BNP leaders were seen on roads for demonstration in support of the hartal. The presence of activists of the...

6 JCD men held at DU

6 JCD men held at DU

Police detained six activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), the student wing of BNP, from Dhaka University campus today when they tried to bring out procession in support of the countrywide hartal (shutdown) enforced by BNP-led 20-party alliance. The 20-party combine enforced the daylong hartal from 6:00am protesting the 16th constitutional amendment that empowered...

FIRST 20-PARTY HARTAL AFTER JAN 5 POLLS

1 picket hurt as cops open fire in Sabujbagh

1 picket hurt as cops open fire in Sabujbagh

A youth was shot this morning when police, after coming under attack by pickets, opened fire on them at Sabujbagh in Dhaka as the BNP-led 20-party alliance enforced its first hartal (shutdown) after the January 5 general election. According to police, the pickets hurled homemade bombs on them, leaving a police constable injured, prompting...

Relaxed hartal in Dhaka

Relaxed hartal in Dhaka

Despite a 24-hour countrywide hartal enforced by Jamaat-e-Islami across the country, Dhaka city dwellers came out in streets and performed their daily jobs as usual today. No unexpected incident was reported from any part of Dhaka or somewhere else till filing this report around 11:00am.  On Wednesday, Jamaat-e-Islami called 48-hour hartals for Thursday and Sunday...

2 cops hurt as Jamaat, Shibir men hurl bombs at Mirpur

Two policemen were injured when activists of Jamaat-e-Islami and Islami Chhatra Shibir hurled two crude bombs targeting them at Mirpur-10 in Dhaka. The injured -- constable Samidul and Nayek Mannan – received first aid, said Sayed Ziauzzaman, officer-in-charge of Pallabi Police Station. The activists threw the bombs from a brisk procession in Benaroshmi Palli area around 9:00am when the law enforcers were on duty there, leaving the duo slightly injured, the OC said. Police later detained Sanaullah, a student of Homeopathic Medical...

EMPOWERING JS TO IMPEACH JUDGES

20-party calls hartal for Monday

20-party calls hartal for Monday

The BNP-led 20-party alliance has called a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal for Monday protesting the latest constitutional amendment empowering parliament to remove Supreme Court judges. BNP acting secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir announced the programme from a press briefing at BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s Gulshan office this evening.  The announcement came after a meeting of...

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