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Bangladesh: Jamaat-e-Islami calls for countrywide bandh as govt moves to ban party


Suhasini Haidar, CNN-IBN
Feb 18, 2013 at 10:39am IST

Dhaka: Dhaka is bracing for a day of violence on Monday, after the Jamaat-e-Islami called for a bandh across the country to protest against what they see as a victimisation of their party. The right wing extremists were caught at the centre of a controversy after students in many Bangladeshi cities, particularly in Dhaka, protested against life term given to Jamaat-e-Islami members for 1971 Liberation war crimes The protesters are demanding death sentences for war criminals.

Speaking to CNN-IBN, Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni said the government is actively considering the demands of the protesters. However, it will be a tricky tightrope for the government to walk on during the election year.

The government is now considering a ban on Jamaat-e-Islami, which is the country's largest Islamic party. The country's parliament on Sunday amended a law to allow the prosecution of Jamaat-e-Islami for war crimes.

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