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Speaking at what could be their last meeting before facing his ultimate fate, war crimes convict Kamaruzzaman told his wife Tuesday that he was being “killed” because he was trying to establish Islam in the country.


The Jamaat-e-Islami has been in the news for the last couple of weeks in Bangladesh. Ghulam Azam, earlier convicted by the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) on charges of war crimes committed during Bangladesh’s war of liberation in 1971 and sentenced to 90 years in jail, has died.


The killing of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sk. Mujibur Rahman on August 15 and the jail killing of four national leaders on November 3 were done by the same group of conspirators to turn back the Spirit of Liberation.


It is not revenge. It is not retribution. It is not settling of accounts. And politics, it is definitely not.  It is meting out justice. It is holding political leaders accountable for their action especially if they commit crimes against humanity.


Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) is in the news again after almost nine years. Not since March 2005 has the extremist group hogged the headlines in two countries. Their reemergence, though not entirely unexpected, is not happy tidings for us.


In an article entitled “Amend Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Act 2012” (DS, August 31), I pointed out that the qualifications and experience of the chairman and members of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority (BAERA) did not conform with the recommendations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as detailed in the guidebook, Manpower Development for Nuclear Power. 


THE answer to the question planted in the title of this article is a definitive “NO”. There is absolutely no reason to take Ayman al-Zawahiri seriously or consider his threats “ominous”. If al Qaeda could, it would have attacked Bangladesh by now. Between February and September this year, Zawahiri has circulated two video speeches, the first one primarily focused Bangladesh and the second one mainly focused India.


Dhaka recently witnessed a gathering of senior officers from the armies around the Asia Pacific region discussing the possible challenges that the armies face in view of the changing threat scenario. Jointly organised by the Bangladesh Army and the US Army Pacific (USARPAC), the 38th Pacific Army Management Seminar (PAMS) held on 14-17 September was attended by nearly 100 military officers, politicians, diplomats, policy makers and academicians from 34 countries. As a seminar facilitator, I had an active role in guiding the discussion, focusing on the issues and challenges and finding possible solutions. Although the seminar primarily focused on the role and challenges faced by the land forces, it was clearly understood that no army can operate on its own and that the need of close cooperation and coordination with other two services, namely Navy and the Air force, are higher than ever before. It was also evident that when the threat becomes transnational, the response too becomes multi-national, regional or even global.

Bangladesh now legally possess 118,813 square km of waters comprising territorial sea and exclusive economic zones extending out to 200 nautical miles. Accordingly, it will have to bear the responsibility of protecting the sovereignty of its waters and be accountable for managing the contents.  

IN 2008, when seemingly “invincible” economies became hostages of the global economic downturn, Bangladesh emerged as a dark-horse and rode the storm admirably. While the superpowers barely managed to bring any economic growth (with some falling into recession), Bangladesh produced its trademark above 6% GDP growth rate. This should not raise any eyebrows. The economy is barely integrated with global trade. The only major trade it relies on is in basic RMG product, which is relatively inelastic to downturns in global purchasing power. 


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