BNP and Jamaat have been accusing the government of its involvement in taking part in forced disappearance of their leaders and workers. They have gone door to door for justice in this regard.
But, latest intelligence report shows that those missing BNP-Jamaat persons had actually gone underground to organise anti-government and anti-state activities, especially during the election period.
Political analysts believe that this was done to malign and harass ruling Awami League and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina by the BNP-Jamaat and their Islamist-Jihadist cohorts to draw attention of foreign powers.
In reality, this nexus of killers and militants are conspiring to file a false case with the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her government. They even have hired lobbyists in exchange of a huge amount of money to serve their agenda of defaming the incumbent government.
But their design to destabilise the government of Sheikh Hasina, bit the dust when several investigations unearthed the mystery of disappearances as propaganda of the BNP-Jamaat nexus.
Under this circumstance, United States, European Union, Britain, Australia and even Canada would extend fullest support towards Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her party in continuing Bangladesh’s ongoing offensives against radical Islamic militancy.
Unless Sheikh Hasina gets such crucial support forthwith, radical Islamic parties like Bangladesh Nationalist Party, Jamaat e Islami etc may come to power during the upcoming general election by cashing in on the popular opinion in favour of radical Islam.
In April 2012, the BNP-Jamaat’s nasty game of going into hiding started with a top-ranking BNP leader M Ilias Ali, a well-known kingpin of BNP’s armed unit. He fled the country in view of dozens of criminal cases filed against him. With this incident BNP-Jamaat nexus succeeded in drawing attention of the international community. While BNP blamed law enforcing agencies for ‘picking up’ their leader from Dhaka’s Banani area, locals informed that they did not see anyone picking up either Ilias or the driver. They just noticed an abandoned car with all its doors flung wide open.
According to several sources, M Ilias Ali might have fled Bangladesh and has gone to Pakistan via land route. Another source said Ilias Ali was hiding in any of the north-eastern states of India. But, since he fled the country, BNP has repeatedly been trying to brand this incident of fleeing as a case of ‘forced disappearance’.
Such ill-motivated propaganda of forced disappearances got exposed when another prominent BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed went missing. Salahuddin was spotted in India days after his wife Hasina Ahmed alleged that a group of men identifying themselves as ‘detectives’ took him away from home. Ahmed was known for sending political statements from his hideaway for more than a month calling for BNP supporters to continue anti-government protests, the sources informed.
Sitting in India, Salahuddin Ahmed has been secretly funding radical Islamic militancy group named Jamaatul Mujahedin Bangladesh, which is believed to be ideologically affiliated with ISIS. Salahuddin himself is a strong supporter of Hamas and Hezbollah, the sources maintained.
Although rights group had earlier wrongly portrayed the case of fleeing of Maj. (sacked) Syed Mohammad Ziaul Hoque as a case of disappearance, but later it was revealed that Ziaul Hoque was one of the main plotters of the foiled 2011 coup d’état attempt in Bangladesh.
He is currently a top military commander of the Al-Qaeda linked Ansar Al Islam, who has carried out a number of terror attacks in Bangladesh, including murder of secular individuals, bloggers and LGBT activists, the sources added.
According to information available with various think tanks and counterterrorism experts, unknown number of Bangladeshis have secretly fled the country and joined ISIS in Syria.
Sifat, a Bangladeshi-born ISIS fighter was killed in a drone attack in Syria. He was involved in ibac, terrorist financing scam.
Sujon, another ISIS supporter, took shelter in Spain and began terrorist financing. He was apprehended by the Spanish Police in 2017 along with the members of his network. Saifullah Ojaki, a Bangladeshi born Japanese citizen had fled from Japan and joined ISIS. Ojaki is currently in Syria.
Another ISIS member Rezwan Harun had established Lakehead Grammar School (LGS) in Bangladesh. This school was the breeding ground of jihadists. Several students of LGS were involved in the jihadist attack at the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka in 2016. Rezwan Harun is currently absconding though his family members are falsely claiming Rezwan was ‘picked up’ by the members of the law enforcing agencies.
During the last few years, several students of North South University (NSU) were arrested and identified as jihadists who have connections with banned militant outfits like Ansar Al Islam, Hizbut Tahrir, Hizbut Towheed, Jamaatul Mujahedin Bangladesh, Jamaat e Islami etc.
Recently, one of the ex-students of NSU, Momena Shoma has been arrested in Australia on terror charges. Her younger sister Asmaul Husna (aka Sumona) too is a jihadist and both the sisters are connected to ISIS. Eminent scholar and counterterrorism expert Daniel Pipes has written a detailed article on the cases of Momena Shoma and her sister.
Meanwhile, to get support from the foreign media, BNP-Jamaat nexus is planning to hold several press conferences, rallies and demonstrations in Bangladesh as well as foreign countries, including the head quarters of the United Nations and International Criminal Court demanding ‘international interference’ into the “cases of forced disappearances” in Bangladesh.
This nexus has already attained sympathy of a number of international media including Al Jazeera, while pro-Pakistan media are enthusiastically extending full coverage in favour of wrong propaganda.