Former prime minister Moudud Ahmed discusses Bangladeshi electoral politics, the threat from ISIS, and diplomatic ties with India and China.
Instead of blaming the ruling government, the BNP-Jamaat should join hands to fight the rising radicalism in Bangladesh.
People have been arrested simply because they belong to rival political parties, without evidence that they have committed any offences. This is the real link that ties the post-election violence in 2015 and the alleged ‘plot to kill’ the prime minister’s son.
Islamic militant groups have re-organised themselves in the context of the new realities of social media, deep political divisions within the country and the demands of global jihadist organisations.
US Department of Justice documents reveal that Rizve Ahmed was also seeking Robert Lustyik’s help in getting “charges dropped” against an opposition politician, thought to be BNP leader Tarique Rahman.
Given that Sajeeb Wazed has already asserted that Shafik Rehman was directly involved in the plot to kidnap and kill him, it is difficult to see how the police can walk back from the path set out for it.
US court findings conflict directly with the basis of the criminal case that led to the arrest in Dhaka last Saturday of the prominent journalist Shafik Rehman.
It is to the NDA government’s credit that a new consensus has been forged withing India on its relations with Bangladesh, even though Manmohan Singh’s team did all the heavy lifting in settling the difficult bilateral issues.
The curious case of a Bangladeshi opposition leader whose sudden and mysterious arrival in Shillong raises difficult questions for both Dhaka and New Delhi.