by Editor (Editor's Desk, Crescent International Vol. 42, No. 12, Rabi' al-Thani, 1435)
The regime of Hasina Wajed who just “won” a fraudulent election in Bangladesh, appears determined to kill all its opponents either through flawed judicial processes or by making scandalous allegations against opponents. The result is turmoil that may perhaps lead to civil war.
The Bangladeshi regime led by the pro-Indian Hasina Wajed is on a killing spree. She wants to eliminate all political opponents on trumped-up charges.
Bangladesh has been turned into a toxic cesspool of revenge killings. In December, a leading Jamaat-e Islami leader, Abdul Qadir Mollah was hanged on charges that he supported the Pakistan Army in 1971 when Mujibur Rahman (father of Wajed) led an uprising against Pakistan. It was a mutiny. Mollah had done nothing wrong for defending the country. He was also charged with killings and rape, equally ludicrous charges.
Now a Chittagong court has sentenced 70-year-old Motiur Rahman Nizami, leader of Jamaat-e Islami and 13 others to death. Their “crime” was that they allegedly helped smuggle arms to separatist groups in India in 2004 when Nizami was a cabinet minister. Lutfuzzam Babar, another cabinet minister at the time, was also sentenced to death.
There were immediate protests in different parts of Bangladesh. India has, not surprisingly, applauded the verdict. It was also one of the few countries to support Hasina Wajed’s farcical victory in the January 5 elections boycotted by almost all opposition parties.
The 170 million Bangladeshis are becoming more impoverished as Wajed, dubbed the “Witch,” continues with revenge killings. Bangladesh has fallen into a perpetual cycle of violence.
Some observers believe Wajed is deliberately destabilizing the country in order to invite India to occupy it so that she can remain in power.