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Editorial

Take Jamaat to task for mayhem

Lack of security preparedness obvious

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the deliberate act of vandalism in which some 200 vehicles across many districts including Dhaka were damaged or destroyed by cadres belonging to Jamaat-e-Islami and its student body, Shibir. This was a planned act to create havoc and anarchy. In that, the police was caught completely unawares. How violence can be a programme of a political party defies logic.

The Jamaat has made one grave miscalculation. The public will not put up with this sort of orchestrated violence. Whatever little public sympathy Jamaat may have had is bound to evaporate due to this wanton act of destruction of public and private property. We fully support what the finance minister has stated on intelligence failure of the law enforcement agencies. The fact that Shibir activists were able to coordinate their attacks simultaneously in a number of districts across the country speaks of the level of planning that went into it.

Live footage of the scenes shows that police were indeed caught off guard and on the defensive, particularly in Dhaka. How could this happen and that too in close proximity of the Secretariat where the prime minister was present then? And the Indian home minister was in town too at that time. It exposes serious lacunae in intelligence gathering capability of the agencies. And lack of intelligence leads to lack of preparedness to take appropriate measures to pre-empt violence, as was so obvious on Monday.

We find the home minister's perfunctory dismissal of the finance minister's statements untenable. There was an unprecedented breach of security on Monday, and the home minister should answer as to how violence could be perpetrated in a high security zone. Such explanation is now needed more than ever as the Inspector General of Police has reportedly indicated that they had prior information that a situation like this may be in the offing. The police should explain why they were so grossly unprepared to meet the challenge posed by Jamaat-Shibir cadres.

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Jamaat is a registered and most well sorted out political party in this country and possibly the only political party in the country practicing democratic rights of each individual member within the party which BNP and Awami League should envy to. This government has treated them very badly which it has no right too. I may sound like a Jamaat sympathiser, but that is not the point here. We have seen in recent days how this government of Awami League treated one of the senior politicians of BNP in the street and how a police officer violated the right of a citizen in broad day light. That particular police officer was recently awarded vehemently and the whole nation witnessed the horrible drama was done in the name of the Police week only the other day? I hope one day I was able to put that question to our IGP Hassan Mahmood and receive his feedback. Question is very simple; Jamaat is a political party as per the constitution and it has its right to all those regular political activities, but government restricted them often by force which is illegal. Now they are facing the drama of war criminal charges and crime against humanity and some of their key political leaders are almost in the gallows; and here we are questioning how their members are behaving in the street. What have we done when Awami League and BNP both resorted to similar activities? Some may have black eye for them, but I think the current policy by the political regime to make them extinct will not succeed as the party has a base in this country and they have a big supporter base which may be as low as 1%, but you cannot possible ignore the fact. Let me be very clear on this point, the way BNP and AL are behaving in this country, we might not have the patient to bear with this shit anymore. So, if I have an affiliation to politics and the Godmother style politics of BNP and AL does not allow to be accommodative, we may simply left with the only alternative choice.

: Sheikh Monirul Islam, Opee

This time Jamaat even taken the blow to our police forces and we need to find why that was possible to happen. Would it be wrong that within the police forces there are Jamaat/AL/BNP cadre? The writer is totally wrong. In the past, BNP and Awami League both resorted to the similar activities; how we are so sure that public will not put up with this sort of orchestrated violence? You never know, it may simply be just the opposite. It may sound very harsh, but that is the reality in the overall society. The new breed Jamaat leaders are well prepared to take up the challenge and they are doing it very scientifically. We are absolutely going towards anarchism and a political revolution or outburst is absolutely eminent. We must prepare for it.

: MAG Osmani

Comments

  • narayan
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:13 AM GMT+06:00 (90 weeks ago)

    Why, they broke your car ?

  • ShamimH
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:14 AM GMT+06:00 (90 weeks ago)

    A party that has little support in Bangladesh is running wild. It is time the authorities put a heavy hand on this party's deliberate efforts to create anarchy. Where is RAB when you need them?

  • Selma
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 01:25 AM GMT+06:00 (90 weeks ago)

    It is high time to ban all student wings of all parties then this sort of mindless violence will stop. And right now, all parties should condemn these people and give full support and encouragements to our police when they need it most. The police also need to be fully independent of any party so that they discharge their duties in an impartial manner.

  • Citizen
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 05:18 AM GMT+06:00 (90 weeks ago)

    Citizen observes with concern and asks the question to those citizen supporting Jammat and its alliance. Your support for good work and criticism for bad work is important for the country and this corrupted, power monger politician. People observed last few years that as an opposition and their alliance, they failed to look after the interest of the country miserably. Family came first over party and party came over country and citizen. Now war criminal comes first over all the innocent people killed and raped during 1971 war. Citizen will welcome BNP to learn from their mistake and take away the support for a party which promotes war criminals and has very minimum support of mass people.

  • MD.BASHIR
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 07:41 AM GMT+06:00 (90 weeks ago)

    Your editorial is completely one sided and biased because if the law enforcing agency did not swoop on them at the time of their procession, surely they would not show destructive attitude. As a registered political party, they have the right to do political activities but from the very beginning we have observed that present ruling party did not allow any political activities for the Jamaat. When they have requested for meeting, they were vehemently denied as if the ruling party is the owner of this country and other people are alien here. The ruling party should shake off the dictorial attitude and help create peace and prosperity of the country.

  • niloufar sarker
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 10:06 AM GMT+06:00 (90 weeks ago)

    Recent Jamaat/Shibir violent activities targeted against the law enforcing agencies should be of grave concern to the civil society. It goes to show our Liberation War has not ended and the enemy from outside is still working to destabilise not only the government but the country as a whole. The job ahead is not only the trial of the war criminals but also to clip the wings of their agents and stooges and take away their political status. Intelligence gathering and timely action by the law enforcers are the only deterrent to the violence. What kind of bravado is IG claim that he had prior knowledge of this kind of a situation? He and the Home Minister have lot to explain. But apparently the ministers are not accountable to anyone; case in point is the Finance Minister for the bank scam and railway minister for 70 lakh cash.

  • M. Ashraf
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 12:10 PM GMT+06:00 (90 weeks ago)

    Take Jamaat to task when the two other major party supporters stop doing the same. It seems a certain number of BNP and Awami minions make it their aim in life to attach Jamaat. The police failed to do their job and paid for it. Like the politicians the police think it's their birth right to eat and feast on tax payers' money and do no work for it. It not a about Jamaat, Shibir or Awami league supporters killing bystanders, it's about lack of professionalism and taking responsibility. These attributes of being a decent human being are lacking in our leaders and yet they lead us. If the Secretariat was not protected, it was the failure of the PM and the interior/home minister. What were our intelligence officers doing when this event was being planned by the Jamaat mob?

  • Masudur Rahman
    Wednesday, January 30, 2013 05:06 PM GMT+06:00 (90 weeks ago)

    Thanks a lot for the Editorial- it reflects the feeling and democratic values which the overwhelming majority Bengali share. Democratic values include the right of expression however with responsibility. Jamaat and its student wing represent the opposite values- not only they employed all their efforts against the cause of the Bengali people, Bangladesh, they still do not recognise the values Bangladesh is committed to respect, they are engaged in destructive activities. Calling Jamaat a democratic party is nothing shorter than madness, or a fanatic.


 

 


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