Dhaka – The government on Sunday decided to ban shows of a Dubai-based private television channel that preaches Islam reportedly with misinterpretations by its controversial founder.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the cabinet committee on law and order headed by Industries minister Amir Hossain Amu in the wake of the terrorist attacks on a cafe in Bangladeshi capital Dhaka that left at least 28 people killed earlier this month.
“We will take administrative measures to ban Peace Tv on Monday,” Information Minister Hasanul Huq Inu told reporters after a special meeting conducted to weigh Bangladesh’s security situation and its counter-terrorism strategy.
Bangladesh experienced two terrorist attacks in the week with the latest one on Friday outside a congregation for special Eid prayers in northern Kishoreganj district. Four people, including two policemen, were killed in the attack.
The decision for banning the television channel came following reports that the Pace tv, founded by controversial Indian televangelist Zakir Naik, inspired some of the terrorists who attacked the cafe in Dhaka.
The multi-lingual television channel launched its Bengali service in 2011 to catch the Bangla-speaking viewers around the world. The channel is banned in other countries like United Kingdom and Malaysia for allegedly spreading hate speech.
Media reports after the cafe attack in Dhaka say one of the five slain terrorists, who holed up overnight at Holey Artisan Bakery on July 1 and killed 20 civilians, was a follower of Naik on Facebook.
Naik was denied entry in Britain in 2010 for what the British authorities said that the preacher had made a number of statements which was supportive of terrorists such as Osama Bin Laden, according to Guardian newspaper.
The meeting attended by top security officials and ministers also decided to monitor the sermons given during the Muslims’ Friday prayers to check whether any provocative lectures are delivered.
Amir Hossain Amu, head of the cabinet committee on law and order, said the meeting asked the authorities concerned to remove all unauthorised establishments in Gulshan diplomatic areas.
He said the law enforcements were asked to beef up security across country to prevent any attempt of terrorist attacks.