Speakers yesterday at a discussion emphasised incorporating the role of alem-ulema, pir and mashaikh (religious scholars) in the government's ongoing initiatives to purge the country of militancy.
They said militancy has no place in Islam and that those who are carrying out subversive activities in the name of Islam do not belong to the religion.
They further said they were ready to assist the government in combating terrorism and urged to launch a separate TV channel for airing anti-militancy programmes.
Bangladesh Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat held the programme at the capital's Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, with the title "Vital role of ulema and pir mashaikh against terrorism and militancy and in disseminating message of the holy Quran and Sunnah." The organisation's President Syed Bahadur Shah Mujaddidi announced to hold an anti-militancy rally compromising Islamic scholars in the capital on January 28.
He demanded disposal of cases filed for the killing of religious scholars including Ahle Sunnat leader Maulana Nurul Islam Faruqi.
Jainul Abedin Jubayeer, principal of Nesaria Kamil Madrasah in Chittagong, and Golam Maula Nakshabandi, member of Islamic Foundation's governing board, also spoke.