2009-09-23 15:37:00

Tablighi Jamaat could be banned in Kyrgyzstan

Bishkek, September 23, Interfax - Kyrgyzstan's Security Council wants the Supreme Court to weigh up a ban on Tablighi Jamaat as an organization posing "a threat to national security," local media reported on Wednesday.

The Prosecutor General's office early this year filed a lawsuit with a district court in Bishkek to demand that Tablighi Jamaat be entered on the list of extremist and terror organizations.

The organization "is in opposition to the official clergy," Kanybek Osmanaliyev, director of the state agency for religions told the Security Council.

Deputy Interior Minister Sadyrbek Kurmanaliyev, in turn, told the Security Council that, Tablighi Jamaat supporters "can go radical and form an underground organization."

"We think it would be wiser to take measures allowing the Muslim Board to control this organization," said Kurmanaliyev.