How does Amini fit in Mandela’s shoes?

Ref: Mufti Amini’s new jibe is with the Nobel Prize, as he Saturday made an ironical claim to the laurels in future for his current movement he likened to that of Nelson Mandela and Aung San Suu Kyi.

“Don’t make me Nelson Mandela or Aung San Suu Kyi by interning me. In that eventuality, I may also get the Nobel Prize,” the Islami Oikya Jote (IOJ) chairman said, after he was allegedly barred from traveling to the port city of Chittagong for their Islamist campaigns against government’s secular policies.

“If he (Mandela) could be awarded Nobel for his movement for democracy, then why not me, too? I am leading a two-pronged movement—for democracy and protection of the Quran as well,” said Mufti Fazlul Huq Amini.

The outspoken mufti, who is leading a movement of Islamists against the government-announced new women development policy and education policy, warned that a dawn-to-dusk hartal would be enforced on May 29 if the government interrupted the activities of Islami Ain Bastabayan Committee and the planned May 27 grand rally in the capital.

Protesting the interruption of his personal tour of Chittagong Saturday, he came up with the warning at a press conference held at the Islami Ain Bastabayan Committee office at Lalbagh in the city.

Earlier, Amini went out of his Lalbagh office for Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the morning as he was due to attend a meeting in Chittagong, sources said.

As he went near Lalbagh Shahi mosque at about 9:00am, a team of police intercepted and asked him to go back, the reporters were told at the press meet.

If the government does not disrupt the program of holding the public gathering scheduled for May 27 at Muktangon in the city, nearly 20 lakh people will come to join the rally. “But if the government interrupts it, then the number of the participants would surge into 50 lakh,” said the cleric.

However, Amini claimed that there is no connection of the BNP-Jamaat alliance with their current movement.

Pointing at the intelligent agencies, the Islamic coalition leader said, “The former two chiefs of two intelligent agencies are now on remand; and if we come to power, you would be brought under remand.”

Nayeb-e-Ameer Abdul Latif Nizami and organizing secretary Maulana Md Faizulla were among others present at the meeting.

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