B`deshi party wants non-Muslim members to take special oath
Dhaka: Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami, the country`s largest Islamist party, expects its non-Muslim members to take an oath to "defend national sovereignty", but this is not required of its Muslim members, a media report said on Thursday.
The party, that claims to have 25,000 non-Muslim members, submitted its `reformed` constitution to the Election Commission (EC) on Wednesday.
"I shall actively play a role in defending the independence and sovereignty of Bangladesh," reads a section of the oath scheduled for non-Muslim members.
Both Muslim and non-Muslim members, however, must swear to abide by the rules and decisions of the party, giving the highest priority to implementing the decisions, The Daily Star newspaper said quoting the party`s statute.
In addition, a non-Muslim Jamaat member must work for establishing the "rule of Islam" in the country, in order to continue being a member of the party.
The provision was included in Jamaat`s constitution for `removing religious and gender discriminations` in a bid to qualify for registration.
The Jamaat was banned in the early years after Bangladesh separated from Pakistan in 1971.
It had opposed the freedom movement and its members, including its current top leadership, stand accused of "war crimes" -- killing unarmed civilians at the behest of the Pakistani authorities of the day.
Its cadres had targeted religious minorities and those sympathetic to the freedom struggle. Bangladesh says three million people died during the 1971 freedom movement.
The Jamaat shared power with Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) during 2001-06 and had three ministers in the Khaleda Zia government.
Both parties lost badly in the election last December and are in the opposition.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Indian Army conducts surgical strikes across LoC: Watch DGMO Lt Gen Ranbir Singh's PC
- Indian Army targets terror camps across LoC; Pak PM Sharif condemns
- 7 terror camps destroyed by Indian Army in surgical strikes
- Indian Army surgical strike: Pak rejects claim, says 2 soldiers killed
- BSF cancels beating the retreat ceremony at Wagah post surgical strikes
- SETBACK! Sedition case against 200 Congress workers for shouting 'Pakistan Zindabad' slogans during rally for Uri martyrs
- What is surgical strike and how it is conducted - MUST KNOW for every Indian
- SALUTE! Brave Indian army commandos give befitting reply to Pak-sponsored terrorists
- Surgical strikes across LoC in Pakistan were filmed, videos kept as proof
- US NSA Susan Rice calls Ajit Doval, says 'expect Pakistan to take action against terror’