Hasina Wa­jid plunges BD into tur­moil

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

Aby spec­tre is haunt­ing Bangladesh - the spec­tre of po­lit­i­cal vic­tim­iza­tion

the rul­ing party, un­bri­dled and vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism and at­tacks on in­tel­lec­tu­als, jour­nal­ists, blog­gers and re­li­gious mi­nori­ties. All this has torn the Bangladeshi so­ci­ety so much far apart that no sec­tion of the so­ci­ety is feel­ing safe and se­cure to­day in the coun­try, which was once cher­ished as a peace lov­ing and har­mo­nious one.

In the lat­est acts of long list of vi­o­lence, which have be­come quite ram­pant after the in­stal­la­tion of Hasina Wa­jid at the helm of af­fairs, two more in­ci­dents rocked the coun­try Fri­day and these once again make us won­der as to which di­rec­tion the coun­try is head­ing to­wards. In the first de­spi­ca­ble act, a group of gun­men at­tacked a restaurant in a diplo­matic zone of cap­i­tal Dhaka and made sev­eral for­eign­ers hostage, and re­port­edly there were also ca­su­al­ties in the at­tack, which ac­tu­ally took place in the epi­cen­tre of the cap­i­tal, while in the sec­ond in­ci­dent, a worker of Hindu tem­ple was hacked to death in western parts of the coun­try. These hor­rific in­ci­dents are a man­i­fes­ta­tion that ex­trem­ism is fast en­gulf­ing Bangladesh - some­thing that should send alarm bells in the quar­ters con­cerned. We say so as after sep­a­ra­tion from Pak­istan in 1971, Bangladesh in due course of time took off eco­nom­i­cally and es­pe­cially its ex­ports of gar­ment sec­tor wit­nessed such a growth that sur­prised ev­ery­one. This for­ward march was con­tin­u­ing when Hasina took over, but then her pol­i­tics of mad vengeance not only made all the eco­nomic gains topsy-turvy but also put the coun­try on such a vi­o­lent path that di­vided the whole so­ci­ety. Given the ex­e­cu­tion of po­lit­i­cal op­po­nents es­pe­cially the el­derly lead­ers of Ja­maat-e-Is­lami in fake and one sided tri­als, the vi­o­lent mode that the coun­try has gone into was very much in­evitable, and one won­ders where these chronic in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence and ex­trem­ism will lead the coun­try. In view of the se­ri­ous sit­u­a­tion, we will ask all the BD po­lit­i­cal par­ties to sit down to­gether and find so­lu­tion to the very causes of vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism in or­der to save the coun­try from fur­ther tur­moil and un­rest.

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