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New Wave of Intolerance:Bangladesh Cracks Down on Muslim Sect

In a major violation of Bangladesh’s secular traditions, the government Thursday banned all publications of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat Bangladesh, which represents the country’s 1,50,000 strong Muslim minority sect, bowing to pressure from Islamic fundamentalists. In addition, the government decided to withdraw cases against 12,000 anti-Ahmadiyya activists charged with assaulting policemen while attacking an Ahmadiyya mosque in Dhaka on December 5. Significantly, the ban by Bangladesh’s Home Ministry was imposed a day before the end of an ultimatum to ex-communicate the sect by religious bigots. It appears to be the first step in this direction, although the government has not yet taken any decision on the issue. Full Story

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