Bangladesh Olama Mashaek Towhidi Janata Sanghati Parishad, a platform of Islamic scholars and clerics, yesterday urged the government to ban Jamaat-e-Islami and said the party did not believe in Islam as well as independence of Bangladesh.
They said Jamaat was more atheist than some bloggers as they used Islam for political gains. They also demanded punishment for the bloggers who insulted Islam.
The comments came from a grand rally at the capital's Shapla Chattar.
The parishad Chairman Farid Uddin Masud termed Jamaat as an enemy of Islam as they follow the ideology of "Moududi" who gave wrong interpretations of Islam. He demanded punishment for Jamaat leaders accused of war crimes.
The Islamist leader urged everyone to boycott the institutions affiliated with Jamaat as those were financing violence by the party. He asked all to withdraw their accounts from the Islami Bank and said it had been taking interests indirectly from clients.
He said he would start a train journey shortly to Sylhet, Chittagong, Khulna, Saidpur to preach about communal harmony.
Farid Uddin thanked the government for forming an expert committee to find the real culprits who insulted Islam and asked the government to add some Islamic scholars to the body.
Referring to the "Long March" of Hefajate Islam against some bloggers, the parishad said the organisation should start another movement against Jamaat for insulting Islam.
Farid Uddin Masud later led a prayer session for the departed soul of President Zillur Rahman.