Jamaat calls hartal for Monday protesting govt move to drop Islam from Constitution

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Dhaka, Mar 27: Jamaat-e-Islami Bnagladesh has called a countrywide dawn-to-dusk hartal (shutdown) for Monday protesting the government’s move to drop Islam as state religion from the Constitution.

The shutdown will be enforced from 6:00am Monday, said a press release signed by acting secretary general of Jamaat Shafiqur Rahman on Sunday afternoon.

In the press release, he said, “Some 90 per cent people of the country are Muslims. Islam as state religion has been incorporated in the constitution and there are many Muslim countries where Islam is as state religion.”

The people of the country have not demanded yet to remove Islam from the constitution and the government move to drop Islam from the constitution will not be accepted, he added.

Earlier, Hefazat-e-Islam threatened to launch a tougher movement if the government takes any move to drop Islam as state religion from the constitution.

Leaders of the organization announced it at a rally held at north gate of Baitul Mukarram National Mosque after Jumma prayer on Friday last.