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Killing of Benazir Butto, politics of Pakistan and risk of fundamentalism in Bangladesh December 31, 2007

Posted by bdoza in BANGLADESH, POLITICS.
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Benazir Bhutto has been killed in a most pathetic way while she was exchanging her last greeting with the people after finishing her speech in a public meeting in Rawalpindi 27 December, 2007 .Whoever is responsible, definitely it is an act of terrorism and with this the future of democracy in Pakistan will be more uncertain.

There is no doubt that because of long military rule and suppression of democratic process, the terrorism is nourished in Pakistan and the present unfortunate ending of a precious life is the consequence of that situation.

In Bangladesh there are people including some politicians who believe that the situation of Pakistan is absolute peculiar to her because of socio-economic difference of these two countries. But because of the similar religious background, there is always a possibility of uprising of Islamic terrorism in Bangladesh.

The rising of Bangla Bhai and Jamiatul Mujahedin and their relation with bombing of 16 August on Hasina’s meeting, simulaneius bombing all over Bangladesh later on, bombing in the cinema halls, killing of two judges at Jalkathi etc are the incidences which are still vivid in the public memory.

The best safeguard against the rise of Islamic terrorism is our common people. They in no way accepted terrorism in the name of religion. Neither they morally nor they financially participated in the terrorist activities in the past.

The last Government though was rather complacent initially regarding the rise of this group which to the ordinary citizen is still a puzzle, later the government competently took measures against the gang and arrested many of them and completed the major trail of the accused and capital punishment was imposed by the highest court of the land. The present government courageously implemented that order.

There are still residual activities of this group. Government is vigilant and people also should remain alert against any activities of them.

Some people are demanding banning of the religious parties in Bangladesh and banning them from participating from election. Government must be cautious and should not ban all the parties based on religion. There must be scope for the healthy exercise of religion in the politics also. Otherwise extremism would remain only way to express their ideals.

But government must look into the madrasha education and find out reasons why these students were easily trapped in terrorist activities in the past. The issue needs serious research. You can not ban the the madrasha education also. It has a heritage of hundreds of years in our country. But you can improve the situation and modernize the system.

The reinstitution of democracy in our political system is equally important and government should remain committed to the road map declared by them to complete the national election by December 2008.

An ordinary citizen



1. Sunny - December 31, 2007

You cannot ban religious parties. Islam was part of the Bengalis during East Pakistan era and it still is in Bangladesh. Islam have been and always be part of the Bengalis. I hate Jamaat-e-Islami and the relgious fanatics but to my suprise the bombings and terrorists acts were caused by the Awami League and their key allies. Bangladesh is the same as Pakistan since we were once together but the fact is Bangladeshis are able to practice democracy unlike Pakistan, a country which has not had a single elected leader come to power without being overthrown or assissinated.

Bangladesh and Pakistani military operatives work together agaisnt India and the Bangla/Pak relationship still continues.

2. bdoza - January 1, 2008

You should not relate the bombings and terrorist acts with Awami League as recent evidences are indicating that Jamiatul Mujahedin, the Islamic terrorist group, carried out all these acts over the years with preplanned program.

3. Iftekhar - January 1, 2008

Pakistan is paying the price for, the way it was created. It was created based on religion. But religion can not be a basis of a country. From very begining, to justify the creation of the country religion was mixed up with politics and ruling elites (both civilian and military) exploited those sentiments extremely for their self interest. General public was preached, western style democracy is not compatible with Islam, and democracy was never allowed to work. The result, what Pakistan is going through today. In my view, Pakistan is bound to fail as a country and will disintegrate in future.

Unlike Pakistan, Bangladesh has a broader middle class, empowerment of woman is much more and people are moderate in thinking, But there are risks.

Democracy is a self correcting system, but process must be allowed to work continuously to deliver desired results. In Bangladesh the process was interrupted time after time. Military sponsored political killings (1975), reintallation of war criminals (Jamat) in politics, rise of corrupt leadership like H.M. Ershad, criminalization of student politics and politics as whole, all these things happened when the democratic process was interrupted.
In my view, madrashas are single most risk for Bangladesh. Pakistani Madrashas has become notorious for producing religious extremists, and Bangladeshi madrashas are not far behind. Most of JMB hardcores were trained in Pakistani Madrashas. If Bangladesh can not restrain and regulate madrashas in time, then I will not be surprised to see more JMB like terrorist activities in the name of religion in Bangaldesh in future.

4. Sunny - January 3, 2008

@bdoza: recent activities shows what you are saying. But when Awami League were trying to put BNP down prior to 2007 they did cause a lot of riots and chaos. Let’s not leave out BNP, Tareque Rahman has exhausted Bangladesh’s economy, which allowed Islamist groups to give refuge to those who suffered. No matter how much we try we cannot stop the rise of Islamists.

@Iftekhar: Both Pakistan and Bangladesh are failed countries. Pakistan never allowed democracy to work which caused dissatisfaction among the people towards their governments. At the same time Bangladesh has always been restrained by India to develop . Overpopulation in Bangladesh has caused tremendous chaos in the country.

By the way it seems now, we will see another Desi war in the future.

5. saahil Alvi - September 22, 2008

i love bhutto famliy

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