Monday, June 23, 2014

Bloody Poila Baisakh (more blood on the menu)

Terrorists, who want to remake Bangladesh into a islamic nation where unislamic activities are banned through violent means are now likely to meet a violent end. We are unhappy with the death sentence though. Bangla society is probably too entrenched ideologically into two halves, for this sentence to be considered fair and just by all.

Just like the concept of Hindu truth and Muslim truth is gaining ground in India, there will now be a P-I truth (folks who believe in the spirit of partition I) and a P-II truth in Bangladesh. On similar lines we can also expect a Buddhist/Tamil truth in Sri Lanka and a Shia/Sunni truth in Pakistan.

Our expectation about Bangladesh is that it will (over time) follow the Pakistan trajectory. Just like Basant is now banned in Lahore, Poila Baisakh (new year) will eventually come to an end in Dhaka. As we have seen in Iraq, islamists have God on their side and will relish a fight to the bitter end. Hangings will create future martyrs for the misty eyed lads of today.
 A Bangladeshi court sentenced eight militants to death on Monday for a 2001 bomb attack that killed 10 people during new year celebrations in the capital Dhaka.

“The attack was carried out to destabilise the country and create panic, “Judge Ruhul Amin said as he delivered the verdict in a crowded court in Dhaka's old city.

The head of the outlawed Harkat-ul-Jihad al Islami (HuJI) outfit, Mufti Abdul Hannan, was among the eight who were ordered hanged for targeting the celebrations in Dhaka's main park which they deemed un-Islamic.

The judge also sentenced six others to life in prison for setting off two bombs as thousands of revellers were celebrating the first day of Bengali New Year on April 14, 2001.
“It's a heinous attack and unprecedented in our history,” prosecutor Abdullah Abu told reporters after the verdicts were announced.
“We're happy with the eight death sentenced, but not satisfied with the sentencing of six people who were given life terms. We'll appeal against the life sentences. “

The HuJI chief, better known as Mufti Hannan, is already on death row having been convicted in 2008 for trying to assassinate the British high commissioner four years earlier in a grenade attack.

A lawyer for the defendants, Faruque Ahmed, told AFP that he planned to appeal the verdicts which he said were politically motivated and designed to “make people happy in certain quarters”.

Mufti Hannan, who fought alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan's civil war, is also accused of having been behind a plot to assassinate the current Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina when she was leader of the opposition in 2004.




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