Extremists continue to persecute Islamists in BD

SINCE the installation of Sheikh Hasina Wajid for the second term as the prime minister in Bangladesh, the country has been witnessing a hike in attacks on people of all faiths be it Islamists, Christians or Hindus. In the latest attack, unidentified attackers hacked to death a university professor in the country’s northwestern city of Rajshahi. This was the fourth killing of a university professor in the area which has sparked outrage both at home and abroad.
Apart from these acts on part of extremists, we have also seen in recent times Hasina led government’s growing political persecution especially against the leaders of Jamaat-i- Islami who were executed in flawed and one-sided trials to avenge their Pakistanism. Instead of forgetting bitterness of the past, Hasina Wajid continues to maintain an anti-Pakistan posture with sinister designs of expressing animosity, antagonism and unrestrained emotional flare up. Instead of taking the country forward, the Bangladeshi PM is not ready to shed the 1971 phobia. More surprising is the fact that she is also being supported in his actions by the judiciary and the media with Jamaat-i-Islami being their main target. Hasina’s animosity could also be judged from her statement that Bangladesh has no room for the people loving Pakistan. This is all depressing situation and not augur well for the country which had achieved major economic gains during the era of Khalida Zia who introduced necessary economic reforms and entrepreneurial culture, helping the country see a boom in garment industry and capturing a major portion in world market. The people of Pakistan feel special love and affection for their Bangladeshi brothers and want them to come out of current turmoil created by confrontationist approach. It would be better for the incumbent Bangladeshi PM that she shuns confrontation at all levels as such a course would only harm country’s economy and hurt its image worldwide.

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