The Salafist Al-Nour Party is leading a fierce terrorism campaign against all respected intellectuals in Egypt by blackmailing the state and its institutions, according to the Egyptian Socialist Party.
The comments came on Tuesday arrived after the Salafist party launched a critical campaign against Minister of Culture Ahmed Al-Nemnem, demanding his resignation or “repentance”. The conservative party accused Al-Nemnem of contempt of religion.
Al-Nemnem had made televised statements earlier this week in which he called for the adoption of a secular state and criticised Islamist ideology. His comments resulted in a wave of criticism from Islamist parties and conservative groups.
The Al-Nour Party is one of the Islamist parties that took advantage of the weakness of the state and the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood to acquire public presence, but in fact “it is like all terrorist groups who are hateful or aggressive towards Egyptian citizens and their tolerant identity”, the Egyptian Socialist Party said.
The party said the ‘Salafist Call’, the religious wing of the Al-Nour Party, is a “terrorist group”, as it did nt participate in the 30 June demonstrations that ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
The Socialist Party noted that the Al-Nour Party and its figures, such as Yasser Al-Borhamy, Abdel Moneim Shahat, Ahmad Farid, Heweny and Mohammed Abdel-Maksoud and others, pose a real threat to the homeland; more so than any other terrorist groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, Al-Qaeda and “Islamic State” due to their extremist thought and outdated ideology.
It added that the Al-Nour Party has huge funding sources, “with hundreds of millions allowing them to buy the votes of the poor and the needy, in preparation for the upcoming parliamentary elections”.
The Al-Nour Party is participating in the upcoming elections with tens of candidates. It has recently been attacked by civilian parties, accusing them of being the “hidden hand of the Muslim Brotherhood”.
However, the party usually respond by saying it is not a religious party and that it welcomes Christians to join its ranks.