July 11, 2016 - 12:05pm
The government has decided to take Peace TV, run by Islamic preacher Dr Zakir Naik, off the air in Bangladesh.
The decision came at a meeting of the cabinet committee on law and order yesterday. Chaired by Industries Minister Amir Hossain Amu, the meeting asked the information ministry to implement the decision immediately.
Commenting on the issue a couple of hours later, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said his ministry would take administrative measures today to take Peace TV off the air.
He was talking to the owners and executives of different private TV channels at the conference room of Press Institute of Bangladesh. The meeting was convened as the government high-ups were annoyed with a few TV channels over live broadcast of the July 1 Gulshan attack.
According to the cabinet committee's observations, the programme contents of Peace TV, in many cases, are inconsistent with the spirit of the holy Quran, Hadith, Sunnah, and also the constitution, culture and heritage of Bangladesh, Inu said.
“So the committee has decided to stop the broadcast of Peace TV.”
ATTACKS AIMED AT TOPPLING GOVT
The information minister claimed that both the Gulshan and Sholakia attacks were carried out with the aim of toppling the government.
“Those two attacks were made as part of 'a mega plan' to topple the democratically elected Sheikh Hasina government.”
Terming terrorism a global phenomenon, he said terrorists don't believe in the holy Quran or Islam and the centuries-old culture and heritage of Bangladesh. They are enemies of the country, humanity, religion and people.
Referring to CNN's live telecast of the Gulshan attack, Inu said the US broadcast network might have “an agenda” of its own, said meeting sources.
At the meeting, TV channel owners and top executives urged the minister to keep them updated on incidents such as the Gulshan attack.
They also requested the minister to make sure that the authorities concerned don't hold back any information on any incident, saying it may give birth to rumours that won't do any good to the government.
Noting that the country is now going through a very difficult time, Inu sought cooperation from the media to fight terrorism and urged all to remain alert.