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No rule of confrontation April 5, 2013

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Bangladesh is passing through a stage of confrontation between political party and government and among political parties.  

The confrontation is reached to a height that very recently that Shibir activists had crushed the head of a police SI on the open street of Rajshahi. A day after we have seen the same barbarism on a plain clothed police in Dinajpur.  In the last two months, 7 uniformed police have been killed by the Shibir activists. (more…)

Banning Jamaat Shibir November 25, 2012

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In the backdrop of widespread violence created by Jamaat Shibir in the country, demands arise from different quarters to ban Jamaat -e-Islami and its student wing Shibir. Government Ministers and party leaders demanded ban on Jammat. The MPs in an unscheduled discussion raised their voice against the Jamaat. Left leaning politicians also in a round table conference demanded the ban.
But the Law Minister Barrister Shafiqul Hoque said that it is the Election Commission that will ban any political party, not the government.
Jamaat-e-Islami is so far a registered political party with the election commission. It had contested in the last election and have few seats in the parliament. It is in political coalition with BNP and fought the last election under the same banner.
But in a recent communique, BNP disown the violent activities of Jamaat-e-Islami.
But JI tries to defend itself saying that government is preventing it from exerting its political rights by not allowing it to bring out processions, arranging meetings , opening party office etc. Government spokesmen are saying that Jammaat is trying to disrupt the trail of war crimes.

In the meantime, our Home Minister MKA is trying to contain Jamaat and Shibir by employing pro-government political activists in support of police. He also urges the people to co-operate with the government in this regard but people are still acting as onlookers of the confrontation. The image of the police is also a little distorted from a servant of the state to a cadre of sitting government.

People are in dilemma whether Jamaat should be banned or not. Government may be also in dilemma, that’s why they couldn’t come to a decision yet.
Some people are also in support to keep Jamaat in open politics. They fear that an underground jamaat shibir would be more dangerous than the open jamaat.

An ordinary citizen

Trial of War Crimes and Politics of Jamaat-Shibir November 17, 2012

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, JUDICIARY, POLITICS.
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Trail of war crimes is continuing and it is expected that judgment on a few cases may be announced by December. The country is also witnessing a sudden rise of political violence on the streets of Bangladesh from capital to district towns. The shibir activists are likely involved in this violence. They are suddenly attacking the police on duty in groups with bricks and sticks. The attacks continued for about a week injuring 200 policemen in different parts of the country. The last attack took place in the heart of the city in the last week where they even attacked the protection cars and car of APS of Law Minister. The police were mercilessly beaten. The police looked helpless. Hundreds of people observed the scene as bystanders without coming in support of the police. Shibir activists only left the scene when police forces were reinforced.

The government showed sharp reaction to the incident. Home Minister in strongest language condemned the attack and declared to punish the culprits. He asked the AL youth wing-Jubo league activists to come in support of police though Juba league president didn’t accept the request saying that it is the duty of police and not of Jubo league workers. Home Minister also dismissed to have any form of dialogue with Jamaat Shibir in reply to the appeal made by US ambassador. He commented that we can’t compromise with decoits and killers. Let us first suppress them , then we shall talk. PM said that time has come to think about the religion-based politics in Bangladesh. She also said that the attacks will also accelerate the war crime trial. The AL leaders also blaming BNP for indirectly support Jamaat-Shibir attacks.

BNP recently declared that it no way owns the responsibility of attacks made on police by Jamaat-Shibir.

The objectives of the attacks on police is not clear. It is stated by neither Jamaat nor Shibir. But it is assumed that the attacks are made to somehow interfere the war crime trial. Jamaat was trying to project the trail in and outside the country as biased and not of international standard. In support of their demand they tried to organize protests at different times and different parts of the country, but those attempt were foiled by police in the capital and elsewhere. That may be a reason why they attack the police in desperation. It may be an abnormal expression of suppression of their political rights.

But is the way justified or logical in the context of judicial framework and political reality? The attacks may embarrass the government but it will at the same time distant them from the people and it will jeopardize the political existence of their party.

Government also make its position complex by starting the war crime trials not in its first term but a decade after and let Jamaat-Shibir to spread its root deep in the society, jointly conducting movement with Jamaat in early 90s for caretaker government, by not making the International War Tribunal international in standard and not independent in its procedure and inviting blame on itself to use the tribunal for its political ends.

It is difficult for an ordinary citizen to clearly visualize the days ahead but he can feel that the country is going through a very difficult phase and only hope that people would survive the crisis.

An ordinary citizen

Challenging the ‘Politics of Fundamentalism’ in Bangladesh February 26, 2010

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In connection with the death of Faroque Hussain, a final year Math student of Rajshahi University in the dead of night of 8th February 2010, clashes erupted between BCL and Shibir activists, police raided the halls and many were injured in the clashes. 600 Shibir activists were sued and dozens were arrested. State Minister of Home and IG of Police visited RU and worded stern action against the culprits.

Later more students, some Jamaat leaders and a syndicate member and a teacher were arrested in this connection.

MPs discussed the event in the parliament and expressed their concern on the issue.
A murder of a university student also took place in Chittagong and several Shibir activists were arrested.

Police started combing operation to arrest shibir activists throughout the country. List of Shibir Presidents and Secretaries of each unit was prepared to arrest them.

Series of clashes between BCL and Shibir followed in different institutions and universities including BUET, Khulna, Meherpur, Dhaka,Chittagong. Sylhet, Bogra and so on.

Hizbut Tahrir, another Fundamental Islamic youth organization has been banned earlier because of aggressive agitations of the organization. Many activists of the organization were arrested then and sporadic arrest of the activist of the organization is still going on.

Police also fought a clash 2 days back with the followers of Hefazat-e-Islam while they were trying to organize processions and meeting in Chittagong.

Minister of Law Barrister Shafiq Ahmed asserted that all the processes for trial of war criminals are advancing properly. Dipu Moni, foreign Minister also told that AL Govt is obligated to the people of Bangladesh to try the killers of 1971 as it was in their election manifesto and people have given them mandate to do that.

One of the aims of the Government is to restore the 1972 constitution and to introduce secular democracy in the country.

Is the Government preparing for the trial by crashing the student movement of Jamaat-e- Islami to avert any untoward incident after the judgment and for that this widespread arrests? That would be not unlawful if the arrestees are connected to criminal activities in relation to the killings. But Government must be careful not to push the activists to go underground and to adopt all-out militancy to achieve their objectives.

The ordinary citizen thinks that the best way to contain militancy is to keep ways to express one ideal democratically. Bangladeshi people have shown in the last election that they dislike extreme religious parties and the Government is in firm position to face them politically.

The ordinary citizen is not sure whether the government is encouraged to adopt the military means to crush these organizations on the success of the party to virtually disbanded JSD student wing at that time.

One of the important tools for the success of the Government in its mission would be to strengthen and discipline its student front where the Government is yet to be successful.

An ordinary citizen

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