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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2960

Cause for concern

[b]Cause for concern[/b]

By M Rama Rao - Asian Tribune

Is Bangladesh going the Afghan way? Some Bangladeshi security experts believe so. In fact, some analysts like Brig Gen Shahedul Anam Khan take the view that the country is past the point of ifs and buts.

Anam Khan who is the Defence and Strategic Affairs editor of the Dhaka daily, The Daily Star, says it is time to come to grips with ‘the frightening prospect of combating an ideologically motivated group, prepared to kill themselves for the sake of establishing what they would like to think of as Islam in Bangladesh’.

More worrisome than the capability and reach of the Talibanized group or groups in Bangladesh is the question: Is Bangladesh government equipped, politically, technically, and otherwise, to effectively combat this evil? There is no ready answer for this engrossing question as yet.

The presence in the ruling alliance of Islamists, whose goal is establishment of ‘Islamic Hukumat’, is a cause for worry, undoubtedly. The unfolding events since August when on a single day the country was rocked by as many as 400 bomb blasts are a matter of concern for India, which shares a porous border.

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