Barisal courts summon Latif for his remarks on hajj
Two separate courts in Barisal today summoned Post and Telecommunications Minister Abdul Latif Siddique in two cases filed over his recent comments about Hajj, Prophet, Muhammad (pbuh) and Tabligh Jamaat.
Mustafizur Rahman Litu, a Tabligh Jamaat activist, filed a case against Abdul Latif with Barisal chief metropolitan magistrate court under section 298 this afternoon.
In the case, Muhammad Ali Hussain, chief metropolitan magistrate Barisal, summoned Latif to appear before the court by November 26, 2014.
In another case, Nusrat Jahan, a metropolitan magistrate of Barisal, asked Latif to appear before the court by December 28, 2014.
Advocate Saiful Alam Fuad the case with Barisal metropolitan magistrate court under same sections and grounds yesterday.
Latif’s remarks in New York on Sunday triggered widespread criticisms at home and abroad, and embarrassed the government.
Soon after the video of the discussion at Jackson Heights released, the prime minister, being annoyed at his comments, decided to sack Latif from the cabinet.
WHAT THE MINISTER SAID
At the programme organised by the Tangail Samity at a New York hotel, Latif said he was against hajj and Tabligh Jamaat more than he was against the Jamaat-e-Islami.
"Hajj is a waste of manpower. Those who perform hajj do not have any productivity. They deduct from the economy, spend a lot of money abroad.
"If 1,00,000 people perform hajj every year on an average and spend Tk 5 lakh each, then the total cost stands at Tk 500 crore," he said.
Speaking about the history of hajj, he said Prophet Muhammad was worried about the people of Arab as they were robbers. The prophet then made an arrangement that his followers meet at a place every year, which will generate income.
Criticising Tabligh Jamaat, he said, "Tabligh Jamaat brings together about 20 lakh people every year. It has no specific duties. It just clogs traffic across the country."
Latif also castigated Hasina’s son Sajeeb Wazed Joy, saying, "Why do you often mention of Joy? Who is Joy Bhai? Joy is nobody in the government. He cannot make any decision."
On talk shows, the minister said, "Those who attend talk shows are basically ‘talk man’. They jabber in front of cameras as they have nothing to do."
He went on to use unprintable offensive words about the talk show speakers and behaved indecently with the journalists present at the discussion.
He snubbed a journalist and said, "Should I talk as you wish? I am telling what I think right. Why have you come here? Who has invited you here?"