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Shahbagh protesters call for boycott of Pak products, orgs

DU Correspondent

Shahbagh protesters on Saturday launched a countrywide campaign against the use of Pakistani products and organisations.
The group that began holding protests on February 5 to push for death sentence of war criminals after the International Crimes Tribunal had sentenced Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Molla, identified the presence of 15 Pakistani products and organisations in Bangladesh.
The protesters began their campaign in reaction to police attacks on them when they went to lay siege to the Pakistan high commission in Dhaka on Wednesday and Thursday after Pakistan’s national assembly adopted a resolution expressing concern at the execution of Quader Molla.
On Saturday, the protesters at Shahbagh planned to carry out the campaign across the country till December 27.
The products included GFC fans, Super-Max and Treet blades, Shezan juice, Kulsum vermicellie and Macaroni noodles, Pakistani warm cloths, Pakistani henna and dates, Candyland chewing gum, Songi and Sealkot brand surgical items, basmati rice, cricket gear, lehanga, and orange.
The protesters called on people to boycott Jamaat-e-Islami and its student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir, Habib Bank, and Pakistani television channels.
‘The protesters will discourage businessmen and customers from using Pakistani products,’
Maruf Rasul, an organiser, said.
He said that they would send materials such as leaflets, banners and other things to all the places for the campaign.

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