Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami issued the following rejoinder to the Economist for what it said was claims of attacks on minorities by Jamaat, albeit without evidence. The following was the rejoinder,
SIR – You accused the Jamaat-e-Islami and its youth wing, the Islami Chatra Shibir, of behaving like an insurgency, being thuggish, and worst of all, attacking Hindu homes and temples (“A nation divided”, March 9th). Yet you offered no evidence, and we reject these charges. When these attacks became known we condemned them immediately, and our activists responded to the call to protect temples from being attacked.
These accusations were first mooted by a government that has much to gain by projecting us as some sort of anti-minority reactionary political movement. Despite the best efforts of our detractors to de-legitimise us, we reaffirm our commitment to being an Islamic party committed to Bangladesh’s constitutional democracy.
Rafiqul Islam Khan