01 December, 2020

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Bangla Bhai is to be executed, a lot of political questions hang

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This is one decision of the Khaleda Zia government the people of Bangladesh and foreign players, including India, should have been pleased about: the surprise move to expedite the execution of seven Islamic militant leaders including Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai, his mentor Shaikh Abdur Rahman, and Ataur Rahman Sunny. These three militant leaders of the proscribed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) have been sentenced to death for killing judges Sohel Ahmed and Jagannath Pande last year, besides being accused of masterminding a spate of deadly bombings across the country.

Yet, ironically, the move to hasten the execution of the top JMB leaders threatens to stir up the political cauldron months before Bangladesh goes to general election. The Opposition, spearheaded by Sheikh Hasina Wajed's Awami League (AL), is asking: why hasn't the government demonstrated the same alacrity in executing those who assassinated Bangladesh's founder Sheikh Mujibur Rahman as it is displaying towards the hanging of Bangla Bhai? For Hasina, this could...


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