Jihadist YouTube channels in Bangladesh should be banned forthwith


Following the recent Bangladesh visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to join the golden jubilee celebration of independence as well as the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, pro-Caliphate Hefazat-e-Islam and several radical Islamic groups and individuals resorted to giving incitements of jihad and beheading of “non-Muslims”, while several YouTube channels are openly publicizing such extremely disturbing contents, which would have dangerous impact on the Muslims in Bangladesh. Despite repeated reports published in Blitz exposing notorious activities of Hefazat-e-Islam and its cohorts such as Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), Jamaat-e-Islami, Hizbut Tahrir and other militancy outfits and individuals loyal to such jihadist ideology, law enforcement and intelligence agencies in the country are yet to take visible actions against these culprits. Continuation of extremely provocative pro-jihadist YouTube channels would not only play role in giving instigations to mass people, particularly those uneducated and half-educated populaces of the country, it also would pose gravest threat to security of Bangladesh, the region and the world.

In my continuous research on the rise and activities of radical Islam in Bangladesh, contents of an YouTube channel named ‘Alif TV Official” has come to my attention, where a speaker named Waseq Billah Nomani, along with hundreds of similar contents on that channel drew my attention.

Hafizur Rahman Siddique, owner of jihadist YouTube channels

In the video content, Waseq Billah Nomani, who is mentioned as a “neo-Muslim” or a Hindu who got converted into Islam saying, he has 22-years’ experience on chopping heads and wants to chop the head of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, if  he [Nomani] would find the Indian premier. He even went further saying, he would continue chopping heads of Hindus. And, most surprisingly, such notorious statements were made publicly in an Islamic program.

According to information, ‘Alif TV Official’ channel was launched on YouTube on December 14, 2014, while it has accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Contact number of this channel is 0173-661-5075. It also has another channel on YouTube named HRS HD WAZ 360. Owner of these channels is Hafizur Rahman Siddique.

Siddique also runs few more Islamic channels on YouTube. He falsely claims his channels being operated from the United Arab Emirates.

Waseq Billah Nomani pronounces support for the killers of blogger Abhijit Roy

Radical mullah Waseq Billah Nomani went further by pronouncing support for the killers of blogger Abhijit Roy stating, those who insult the Prophet should be killed. He also said, those killers of Abhijit Roy deserves our salute. A desperate Waseq did not hesitate in expressing solidarity with the jihadists of Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT).

Terming the Bangladesh government as “enemies of Allah and his prophet”, Waseq Billah Nomani criticized the government and the judiciary for awarding death penalty to the killer of blogger Abhijit Roy.

This entire content on YouTube goes against the existing law of Bangladesh and individuals like Waseq Billah Nomani and his promoters deserve stern legal action.

Waseq Billah openly displays sword

In presence of hundreds of people, a radical mullah Waseq Billah Nomani displays a sword stating non-Muslims deserve to be chopped. He even pronounced jihad against the “enemies of Prophet” and went further by pronouncing jihad against the Bangladesh government. It may be mentioned here that, under the dynamic and magnanimous leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, law enforcement and intelligence agencies such as Bangladesh Police, Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC) unit, the Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI), the National Security Intelligence (NSI) and other organs of Bangladesh government are working tirelessly in combating militancy and terrorism and already shown remarkable success in destroying networks of militancy and terrorist groups in the country.

Immediate measure needed to combat cyber jihad

As we know, notorious jihadist outfits such as Al Qaeda, Islamic State (ISIS) etcetera are simultaneously running two jihadist fronts – military front and cyber front. According to counterterrorism experts, in this age of advancement of communication technology and availability of several communication apps along side social media and video sharing sites, cyber jihad is already becoming much tougher front as it can easily penetrate within households, mostly without being untracked by the law enforcement and intelligence agencies. For Bangladesh government, it is essential to pay special emphasis in taking appropriate measures along with necessary technological capabilities to combat the growth of jihadist platforms on social media, video sharing sites and other platforms. In case of necessity, Bangladesh can officially notify YouTube authorities requesting them to immediately remove those jihadist channels. At the same time, Bangladesh missions in the US and European nations can officially file complaints with their counterpart about existence of such jihadist platforms on YouTube, Facebook and other platforms.

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Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
An internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-militancy journalist, writer, research-scholar, counterterrorism specialist and editor of Blitz. He regularly writes for local and international newspapers on diversified topics, including international relations, politics, diplomacy, security and counterterrorism. Follow him on 'X' @Salah_Shoaib

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