New militant outfit emerges

We must not let militancy raise its ugly head once again

Published : 17 Sep 2023 09:08 PM

Law enforcers on Saturday claimed that another new terrorist organization named Tawhidul Uluhiyah Al-Jihadi has emerged to carry out a major militant attack in the country. Anti-Terrorism Unit (ATU), the special anti-militant unit of Bangladesh Police further said the newly emerged organization had planned a major attack in the country next year. As reported by this daily on Sunday, after getting the secret information, ATU conducted a special drive and arrested three top leaders of the militant outfit.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s zero tolerance policy against terrorism has been hailed by the governments, intelligence agencies and media all over the world. Following the government’s zero tolerance policy against terrorism and drugs, over the last few years, law enforcing agencies have been trying to destroy militancy with an iron-hand by conducting countrywide anti-militant drives and so far their efforts deserve plaudits.

Since the Holey Artisan attack, we have seen some strong anti-militancy campaign around the country to curb the growing risks of militant attacks. And thus Bangladesh has become a blazing instance to the rest of the world in curbing militancy and terrorism. Law enforcers now claim that militant groups have mostly been demolished, but fear of terror attacks continues to grow as terrorists are now being recruited through internet.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s zero atolerance 

policy against terrorism has been hailed 

by the 


intelligence agencies and media all over the world

Bangladesh has done a lot to counter extremists’ ideology in the physical space and now the country needs to counter that in virtual space too. Killing in the name of Islam is an age-old phenomenon although Islam never supports terrorism and militancy. It is clear that as long as militancy is an ideological paradox and there are anti liberation forces, it would be a challenge to wipe out militancy from this soil.  

The war against terrorism is a form of asymmetric rivalry. The odds are in favor of terrorists. All they have to do is succeed once, no matter how many times they try. Hence, cross-sections of people including professional leaders and religious personalities should forge social resistance against terrorism and militancy. 

We all need to be vocal against terrorism and militancy to make the pertaining development sphere sustainable. We must work to free our society from the grip of drugs, terrorism and militancy.