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Bengal turns a safe haven for militants?


by Arka Mondal

Kolkata: Militants of Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Jamaat-e-Islami are peaceably crossing over to India after carrying out terror acts in Bangladesh. Some Kolkata-based hotels run by Urdu speaking Muslims are sheltering them. The Pakistani ISI is sending them money via hundi to stay in India. They are trained in Kolkata by Indian militants. A Dhaka University Senate Member brought this issue to fore during his stay in Kolkata recently. His interactions with some hotel owners confirmed that these militants go to Bangladesh for subversive activities and return to Kolkata after mission’s completion. It was also established that the hotel owners in Kolkata extended full hospitality to these militants while the Urdu speaking Muslim members in the Trinamool Congress patronized them. It is gauged that these militants will play an active role in the ensuing polls in West Bengal.

With the help of their associate outfits in the state, activists of Jamiyatul Mujaheedin Bangladesh (JMB), HuJI, and Hizbut Tahrir are leading safe lives in West Bengal. This is possible because the Indian Intelligence and police are currently lapse in their surveillance measures. The Senate Member also came to know that some BNP leaders came to India with medical visas but have no intention to return.

Notably the ISI, which has been implementing a long plan to turn Bangladesh into a safe haven for militants, is funding the current subversive activities in the country.

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Bangladesh: Condemning the Brahmanbaria Attack several Political Parties urge the Government to take an Immediate Action

An unruly mob carried out a brutal attack on the minority Hindu community of Nasirnagar upazila in Brahmanbaria district on October 30

Temple. (Representational Image). Pixabay

November 3, 2016: An unruly mob carried out a brutal attack on the minority Hindu community of Nasirnagar upazila in Brahmanbaria district on October 30. Condemning the act, several political parties and a Non-Government Organisation on Wednesday urged the government to take an immediate action against the attackers.

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The mob demolished over a dozen temples and Puja pavilions. They also vandalised and looted more than 100 houses. According to Dhaka Tribune, at a rally that held in front of National Press Club in Dhaka, Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) Secretary General Syed Abu Zafar Ahmed said, “ The government failed to protect Hindus and minority community for which, radicalised and communal groups succeeded attacking them for several times.”

“If the local administration would have taken necessary initiative immediately, the attack to Hindu families and their temples would not have been turned to such massacre,” he added

He informed, “CPB will hold countrywide demonstration programme on November 8 condemning attack on minorities.”

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“Democratic Left Alliance, a combined group of eight left-leaning political parties also organised a protest programme in front of National Press Club protesting communal violence, attack on Hindu temples and also against targeted killing.”

They urged the government to arrest the attackers responsible for the communal attacks that took place in Brahmanbaria and Habiganj districts.

On the other hand, Bangladesh Jamaat-e- Islami blamed the local administration for the attacks.

In a press statement issued on Wednesday, Jamaat-e-Islami assistant secretary general Mia Ghulam Porwar said, “if the local government would had taken immediate action against the person who defamed and criticised Kaba Sharif, then the incident could not have been made.”

Condemning such attacks, he added: “None should take administrative power on their own hands. Everyone should respect laws while the government should re-establish administrative rules and restore public confidence”

In a statement issued on Wednesday, non-government organisation Manusher Jonno Foundation condemned the attack, expressing grave concern and anger.

“Their objective (who carried out the attack) is to drive out the minority people from the country and seize their rights. Such incident is an ill intention to humiliate the image of Bangladesh around the world,” the release said.

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Meanwhile, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque, termed the incident shameful and has blamed the local administration for their incompetence and lack of initiatives to save the Hindu families and their temples in Nasirnagar upazila of Brahmanbaria district four days ago.

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Bangladesh High Court rejects Islamist Leader Mir Quasem Ali’s final appeal in 1971 War of Liberation Crime Case

Bangladesh says local collaborators and Pakistani soldiers killed 3 million people during the fight for independence, which Jamaat-e-Islami opposed

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Bangladesh, August 30: Bangladesh’s highest court has rejected a final appeal by a senior Islamist leader, clearing the way for his execution for war crimes committed during the country’s 1971 war for independence with Pakistan.

The decision against Mir Quasem Ali leaves an appeal for presidential clemency as the only barrier to a death sentence first handed down in 2014.

The 63-year-old Ali is a leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party and was convicted on eight charges that included the abduction of a young man and his killing in a torture cell.

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Bangladesh says local collaborators and Pakistani soldiers killed 3 million people during the fight for independence, which Jamaat-e-Islami opposed.

Jamaat-e-Islami party flag. Source : Wikimedia Commons
Jamaat-e-Islami party flag.
Source : Wikimedia Commons

Several other Islamist leaders have already been executed for war crimes. Jamaat-e-Islami and the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party have criticised the government’s war crimes tribunal as politically motivated.

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A group of U.N. human rights experts called last week for the high court to give Ali a new trial “in compliance with international standards.”

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry referenced human rights criticisms in Bangladesh in a speech Monday in Dhaka, saying “we have to uphold and not betray” democratic principles in the fight against extremism. (IANS)


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Pakistan and Bagladesh argue over an Islamist leader

The 1971 war ruined the relation between the two nations, about three million people were killed in the war and thousands of women were raped

File photo of Moulana Motiur Rahman Nizami, former chief of the Jamaat-e-Islami, addressing a rally protesting against Western newspapers that published cartoons on Prophet Mohammad in Dhaka February 11, 2006. REUTERS/Rafiqur Rahman

ISLAMABAD/DHAKA- Pakistan and Bangladesh summoned each other’s ambassadors on Thursday to register “strong protest” in connection with a row over the execution of an Islamist leader in Bangladesh this week, both sides said in statements.

The two Muslim countries used to be two halves of the same one until Bangladesh broke away in a 1971 war of independence.

Bangladesh has in the past few years been prosecuting people accused of carrying out crimes in support of Pakistani forces during the war, and has executed five of them, the most recent one, Motiur Rehman Nizami, on Wednesday.

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Pakistan said Nizami’s hanging was “unfortunate” and attempts by Bangladesh to malign Pakistan were “regrettable,” though it was not clear what Bangladeshi statement Pakistan was referring to.

Bangladesh summoned the Pakistani ambassador in Dhaka to register its “strong protest” over statements by Pakistan.

A young protester. Wikimedia Commons
A young protester. Wikimedia Commons

Relations between the two countries have never recovered from the 1971 war when Bangladeshi nationalists, backed by India, broke away from what was then West Pakistan.

About three million people were killed in the war, Bangladesh says, and thousands of women were raped.

Some Bangladeshi factions including the Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamist party, opposed the break and some if its members, including Nizami, have been prosecuted by a Bangladeshi war crimes tribunal set up in 2010.

“The government of Bangladesh deeply regrets that despite Bangladesh’s repeated overtures, the malicious campaign by Pakistan against the trials of the crimes against humanity and genocide in Bangladesh is continuing,” Bangladesh said in a statement.

International human rights groups say the tribunal’s procedures fall short of international standards but Bangladesh  rejects that and the trials are supported by many Bangladeshis.

Turkey withdrew its ambassador to Bangladesh on Thursday over Nizami’s hanging. (Reuters)