Ever-since the US Department of Treasury imposed sanctions on several officers of Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) on December 10, 2021, an individual named Mushfiqul Fazal Ansarey, who is known for his affiliations with jihadist groups has been making frantic bids in pushing the United Nations as well as the US Department of State in bringing more politicians and civil-military officials from Bangladesh under fresher sanctions. Ansarey, who has been working as the “Permanent Correspondent” of an illegal website named ‘Just News’, with active collaboration of William Bryant Milam (William B Milam), an American diplomat, who is known as the Senior Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC., has been making desperate bids both in the Capitol in Washington DC and the UN Headquarters in New York City, with the agenda of misleading key policymakers in Washington and the UN against Bangladesh and ruling Awami League.
Mushfiqul Fazal Ansarey is under monthly payroll of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and several family members of war criminals. According to a credible source, Ansarey spends thousands of dollars every week in socializing with key individuals in the US, while he also is seen having lunch and dinner with those individuals, where most of the times he is accompanied by William B Milam.
Although Mushfiqul Fazal Ansarey succeeded in getting press accreditation in the White House and the United Nations claiming as the “US Correspondent” of an illegal website, recently vernacular daily Manabzamin in a report termed Ansarey as its “Permanent Reporter in the United Nations”. It is unknown how this newspaper is sending monthly salary to Ansarey in foreign currency.
It may be mentioned here that, on October 27, 2020, at the persuasions of William B Milam and Mushfiqul Fazal Ansarey, ten US Senators sent a letter to then Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin calling for sanctions against RAB officials. In the United Kingdom, the Guernica 37 Chambers law offices made a formal submission to the British Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in August 2021 recommending sanctions for 15 current and former senior RAB officers. On August 31, 2021, the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission held a virtual hearing on enforced disappearances in Bangladesh where several witnesses suggested taking punitive action. Bangladesh Foreign Ministry was not appraised of the case of letters sent by the US Senators, as it was later alleged that the Bangladesh High Commissioner is Washington DC was actually a former leader of BNP’s student wing.
An aide to an US Senator told this correspondent that William B Milam and Mushfiqul Fazal Ansarey are currently pursing more than a dozen of US Congressmen and Senators with the request of sending fresh letters demanding sanctions on hundreds of politicians and civil-military officials in Bangladesh, while they also are looking for similar letters calling upon the US administration to directly intervene in Bangladesh’s next general election.
The aide further said, such letters may be issued after November’s midterm elections.
Meanwhile, with ulterior motive, Mushfiqul Fazal Ansarey drew attention of an UN official on the case of participation of the Inspector General of Bangladesh Police in United Nation’s Chief of Police Summit, which will be held in New York.
It may be mentioned here that, although to most of the people in Washington DC, William Bryant Milam an American diplomat is known as the Senior Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, in reality, Milam is affiliated with radical Islamic jihadist groups as well as notorious Jamaat-e-Islami.
In the United States, one of his top cohorts in as individual named Mushfiqul Fazal Ansarey, who represents an non-existent website from Bangladesh named Just News and also claims to be the Executive Director of a dubious organization named Right to Freedom, which is funded by Jamaat-e-Islami and Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
Former diplomat William B Milam is the president of this organization and has been receiving monthly “honorarium” from the Islamist nexus. According to the website of Right to Freedom, it does not have any office or contact phone numbers. The pattern of this dubious organization is similar to deep-covered entities of Al Qaeda, Islamic State, Muslim Brotherhood, Hezbollah and Hamas.
Most interestingly, Ansarey has become the White House correspondent for Just News, an illegal news portal that is ruthlessly anti-US, anti-Semite, anti-India and pro-jihad. It is a mystery as to how the White House authorities have issued accreditation to Mushfiqul Fazal Ansarey to represent an illegal and unknown news portal.
William B Milam was a career diplomat. He retired from the United States Foreign Service at the end of July 2001 but was recalled after September 11, and spent nine months helping to set up the multilateral mechanism for the reconstruction of Afghanistan. He was also recalled to serve as interim Charge d’Affairs at the United States Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, prior to the re-establishment of a permanent American ambassadorial post to Libya. His last post before retirement was as Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan where he served from August 1998 to July 2001. During his stay in Islamabad, Inter Service Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan’s spy agency succeeded in establishing a special rapport with him. Since then he has been writing op-ed columns for Pakistani newspaper Daily Times.
On November 5, 1999, during his stay in Pakistan, William B Milam wrote a paper titled ‘Islam and America, which was presented to the American Studies Conference, where he has blindly praised Pakistan and even radical Islam. Later this controversial paper has disappeared from the website.
With Mushfique Fazal Ansarey, Milam runs a dubious organization named Right to Freedom, which receives funding from Jamaat-e-Islami and other Islamist and jihadist forces and individuals. He has also been playing lead role in spreading propaganda and lies against Bangladesh’s ruling Awami League as well as various organizations and individuals.
Seeking anonymity, a source said, as William B Milam has connections with key officials at the State Department as well as members of the US Congress and Senate, he is being used by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jamaat-e-Islami as well as other Islamist forces in Bangladesh. One of Milam’s agendas is also to lure Biden administration in directly interfering into 2023 general elections in Bangladesh.
It said, while political opponents of the ruling Awami League are making frantic bids in putting Bangladesh and the ruling party into deep crisis, there isn’t any real counter efforts from the Bangladesh authorities, including the Bangladesh embassy in Washington DC.
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