Leaders of Hefazat-e-Islam Bangladesh on Friday demanded that Bangladesh cut diplomatic relations with Myanmar over the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in its Rakhine state.
They also urged the international community to mount pressure on the Myanmar government to stop genocide against the Rohingya people.
The qoumi madrassah-based Islamist group organised a rally at Laldighi Maidan in Chittagong city where thousands of leaders and activists joined after the Jumma prayers.
The rally continued till 5:00pm.
Hefazat leaders and activists urged the government to go to war against Myanmar to liberate the Rakhine state for the persecuted Rohingya Muslims who are reviled and denied citizenship there.
Hefazat’s central joint general secretary mufti Foyzullah said that an independent Arakan was the only solution to the ongoing Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.
He urged the international community to impose embargo on Myanmar.
‘We urge our Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to resolve this issue with an armed offensive. It is the best time to do it’, said Hefazat’s Dhaka unit president maulana Nur Hossain Kashemi.
Mohiuddin Ikram, joint secretary of Dhaka city unit, said that Hefazat would not allow the government to shift Rohingya to Bhashanchar. ‘Rohingya people must be returned to their homeland,’ he said.
He also demanded that the Myanmar ambassador be ordered to leave Bangladesh as his country was continuing ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.
‘Aung San Suu Kyi is a murderer and a war criminal as she has been allowing the atrocities to continue,’ said Junaid Babunagari, secretary general of Hefazat.
Junaid urged the United Nations and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to take Suu Kyi and the Myanmar army chief to the International Court of Justice.
Hefazat ameer Shah Ahmad Shafi concluded the rally offering prayers while senior leaders Muhibullah Babunagari, Abdul Malek Halim, Abdul hamid, Jonayed Al Habib, Mainuddin Ruhi, Azizul Haque Islamabadi, Harun Bin Izhar, Abdur Rab Yusufi, Ataullah Hafezi and Mahfuzul Haque, among others, addressed.
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