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Jamaat Starts Terror Campaign

November 25, 2012

Jamaat-i-Islami and its notorious student wing Islami Chatra Shibir have started preying on Police and Awami League activists as the final verdict of war crime trials are expecting to be delivered by December this year.

Key party kingpins who committed atrocities in 1971 are likely to get maximum sentence. Anticipating that their days are numbered, detained party chieftains instructed the party stalwarts to go for a rampage across the country. As part of their ‘political vendetta’, they attacked police and student wing of Awami League, Chatra League.

The first attack reported on November 5 at the commercial center of Dhaka, Motijheel. They set fire on police and civilian vehicles.

The attack on Police spread on other parts of Bangladesh.

On November 12, in the north-eastern district of Joypurhaat, they tried to burn alive a Policeman.

And on November 13, they mounted attack on Law minister and his entourage’s vehicle while he was leaving a meeting at Karwan Bazaar, another commercial and media hub of Dhaka.

In Sylhet and in Rajshahi, they resumed their old act of terror: severing the arteries of hands and feet of rival political activists. One of the victims of such terror act is the Chatra League leader of Rajshahi University Takim. His condition is critical and he has been admitted into the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Rajshahi Medical College Hospital.

Unlike the Ramu incident, this time the intelligence community issued early warning of such mayhem. But they failed to prevent it. Some expressed concerns that there might be Jamaat-Shibir stalwarts embedded into law-enforcement agencies. These concerns gained ground by the activity of Police. In one incident, a dumbfounded policeman saw that his fellow colleagues did not come to his rescue when he was being beaten by a herd of Shibir cadres.

The time they chose to wreak havoc is also important. On November 2, the government made a reshuffle in the top brass of Police. Like Ramu, where an acting DC was running the local administration, they took the opportunity of the transition period to create havoc since the newly appointed top officials need some time to assert their authority deep down the chain of command.

Had there been a strong vigilance and coordination among the law-enforcement agencies, the Police would have prevented this recent rampage.

All these clashes took place in the major urban areas where Jamaat’s politics is heavily concentrated.

Even though Jamaat attacked the Police, not a single Jamaat-Shibir activist died in ‘cross-fire’ or ‘encounter’.

Prominent historian Professor Salahuddin Ahmed compared Shibir activities with those of Nazi storm troopers.

This carnage was however not unprecedented. Finance Minister (FM) Abul Mal Abdul Muhit predicted back in 2011 that political violence might flare up in the last year of AL regime while he was delivering his budget speech at the parliament.

In the last year of Awami League’s previous tenure, subversive incidents took place across the country. So FM has reasons to be worried.

The camaraderie between Jamaat-i-Islami and Pakistan’s notorious spy agency is very old. It is important to note that the Pak army’s official motto is ‘Jihad fi Sabilillah’ , which means Jihad for Allah.

Having banned for several years from Bangladeshi politics, the Jamaat-i-Islami made its entry into Bangladeshi politics by the grace of former dictator Lt. Gen Ziaur Rahman, also the founder of BNP.

In 1977, a powerful General and then the head of ISI Lt. Gen. Ghulam Jilani Khan visited Bangladesh and assisted establishing Bangladesh’s apex intelligence agency DGFI. In 1971, Lt. General Jilani Khan was part of Martial law administration and later became a close aide of Pak dictator Zia who himself was a Maudoodi follower. Radicalization of Pakistan had gained momentum during his dictatorship.

So Jilani’s visit was also aimed to assist Bangladeshi General Zia, also a former Pak military spy, in installing Paki style democracy. That same year student wing of Jamaat-i-Islami Islami Chatra Sangha renamed into Islami Chatra Shibir (ICS) and reappeared in Bangladeshi politics.

Both Zia assisted Jamaat to consolidate its political position in Bangladesh and in Pakistan.

There clearly exists an umbilical cord between the extremists of Bangladeshi defense establishment and Rawalpindi. To uproot Jamaat-i-Islami from Bangladeshi politics, govt. has to severe that cord first.


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