AQIS warns against supporting LGBT rights
Bangladesh affiliates of Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) have warned the US, India and local media including the Dhaka Tribune against supporting LGBT rights in Bangladesh.
Ansar Al Islam issued a statement yesterday apparently to justify the brutal murders of LGBT rights activist Xulhaz Mannan and his friend Mahbub Tonoy that took place on April 25.
Ansar Al Islam is believed to be the same banned militant outfit known as Ansarullah Bangla Team.
The statement sent by its spokesperson Mufti Abdullah Ashraf alleged that Xulhaz, also a USAID official, had been working to popularise homosexuality in the country through his Roopbaan magazine with the help of “crusader America and its allies.”
It claims that Xulhaz organised a “secret” workshop on homosexuality last year in association with an Indian organisation named CREA. Roopbaan also published a book of poems named “Rupongkti” from Shuddhashar publications, the publisher of which survived a machete attack by AQIS members last year.
In the statement, the AQIS asked local media, particularly naming the Dhaka Tribune, to refrain from spreading homosexuality in Bangladesh or else “Muslims of the land will not forgive you.”