Hasina plans to turn Muslim Bangladesh into secular state

Nearly 90 percent of the population is Muslim and Bangladesh ranks fourth after Indonesia, Pakistan, and India by the number of Muslims, with over 130 million.

Hasina plans to turn Muslim Bangladesh into secular state

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's government plans an attempt to turn Muslim Bangladesh into secular state, a minister said.

Nearly 90 percent of the population is Muslim and Bangladesh ranks fourth after Indonesia, Pakistan, and India by the number of Muslims, with over 130 million.

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision declaring the Fifth amendment, which dropped secularism as a guiding state principle, as null and void.

The opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Jamaat-e-Islami party had appealed against the High court judgement.

"In the light of the verdict, the secular constitution of 1972 already stands to have been revived," Law Minister Shafique Ahmed said late on Saturday.

"Now we don't have any bar to return to the four state principles of democracy, nationalism, secularism and socialism as had been heralded in the 1972 statute of the state," he said.

Bangladesh gave up the word "secularism" in the 1975s.

Islam is the state religion of Bangladesh and other religions may also be practiced in harmony.

Agencies

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