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Habibullah Mizan

Allegations run rife that BNP now has turned to its true friend Pakistan to hatch conspiracy for disrupting the December 30 election.

Upon repeated failures in a number of plots, they have taken the last resort to making the upcoming election controversial, according to reliable sources.

As part of their design, three senior BNP leaders held two secret meetings with some officials of Pakistan High Commission in Dhaka recently, added the sources wishing not to be named.

The leaders have been identified as BNP standing committee members Dr Khandaker Mossharaf Hossain, Mirza Abbas and former minister Barrister Aminul Islam.

On learning about the secret meetings, officials of the High Commission of a neighbouring country have expressed their concern about the peaceful holding of the polls.

They asked BNP secretary general Mirza Fakrul Islam Alamgir about the meeting between BNP leaders and Pakistani high commission officials, who are actually members of Pakistan’s Inter Service Intelligence (ISI), said the sources.

However, in response, Fakhrul claimed he was not aware of such meetings. He also informed the diplomats of the neighbouring country that the meetings were not held as per party agenda.

According to the sources, the first meeting took place on December 3 evening at Gloria Jeans Coffee located at diplomatic zone Gulshan in the capital.

First, two Pakistani high commission officials arrived at the coffee shop. Around fifteen minutes later, Mirza Abbas and Barrister Aminul Islam went there to hold the secret meeting. The meeting lasted for about half an hour.

On December 4, Dr Khandaker Mosharaf Hossain also held the second meeting with these two Pakistan officials at Nandos Restaurant in city’s Gulshan area.

Political analysts warned that the purpose of the meetings might have been aimed at disrupting the next election scheduled to be held on December 30.

Media reports said convict Tarique Zia, who is also the acting chairman of BNP has long standing connection with ISI and ISI sponsored Indian fugitive terrorist Dawood Ibrahim.

Meanwhile a Joint general secretary of ruling Awami League termed the secret meeting between BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul and Pakistan Ambassador part of a plot, saying they hatched conspiracy to foil the December 30 national elections.

Earlier in October this year, Bangladesh had refused to accept Islamabad’s new envoy following allegations of Pakistan’s diplomatic mission in Dhaka being misused to perpetrate ISI activities against Bangladesh.

The post of High Commissioner of Pakistan in Dhaka remains vacant since March this year.

While Islamabad nominated a new envoy to Dhaka Saqlain Syedah, the Hasina government has refused to accept this diplomat.

Sources claimed that the Pakistani High Commission in Dhaka has emerged as a centre of anti-government activities.

The previous BNP regime has been accused of promoting ISI designs.  The ISI has also been accused of promoting activities against Awami League.

According to media reports, “One diplomat of Pakistan High Commission posted in Dhaka held a secret meeting recently with a terror group and promised to arrange an arms training for a batch of 100 newly recruited terrorists for suicidal attacks.

In 2015, Pakistan had to withdraw attaché Mohammad Mazhar Khan from its High Commission in Bangladesh after intelligence found his involvement in criminal activities including terror financing.

Khan was also an agent of Pakistan’s secret service ISI and was engaged in large scale forgery of Indian currency.

According to media reports, Khan with some of his colleagues at the high commission used to route funds to Hizb ut-Tahrir, Ansarullah Bangla Team and the Jamaat-e-Islami.

As an ISI agent, he was reportedly also involved in anti-state subversive activities during his more than two years stay in Dhaka.

He was detained by Banani police on Jan 12 with one of his accomplices while having a secret meeting.

He was released soon after when a Pakistani controversial diplomat Samina Mahtab intervened.