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Shahadat-e al-Hikma (SAH)

Shahadat-e al-Hikma (SAH) was launched in Rajshahi on February 8, 2003. The leader of SAH is Kawsar Hossain Siddique. The group was believed to be funded by the infamous mafia don Dawood Ibrahim. It was believed that SAH was working in Bangladesh for many years before it was formally launched in February 2003. The group in its initiation put forward point demands and renounced the liberation war of 1971 and the constitution and spoke about its objective of attaining state power through violent means. The group was banned in February 2003 as the then BNP- Jamaat government found it to be a threat to the countrys stability. Altaf Hossain Chowdhury Home Minister of Bangladesh at that time said "After observing activities of Al Hikma, it was found to be threat to peace and security of the country and that's why the decision has been taken to ban it"vii Although there is no authenticity about the sieze of the strength of SAH, the groups leader Kawsar claimed that the outfit had 10 thousand commandos and 25 thousand fighters working in the country to bring Islamic revolutionviii. The group also claimed to have links with Al Qaeda. However, nothing had been hard about this groups activity for last two years.



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