Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s acting chairman Tarique Rahman has instructed party members to generate a massive media campaign targeting the 2023 Bangladesh general elections. A budget of BDT 3 billion has been finalized, which will be spent for campaigns in Bangladesh and abroad. According to sources, the party has also contacted 3 lobbyists in the US to lobby for Washington’s support. Two of the lobbyists are known to be pro-Democrats, while another is a pro-Republican. The party has also contacted a large Public Relations firm in the US, which has previously extended service to a number of key political events including the election campaign of Barack Obama in 2007, and played an important role in generating massive media support in his favor.
As a part of Tarique Rahman’s willingness of generating funds, Bangladesh Nationalist Party has called a series of meetings from September 14th to 16th. From January 2022, BNP will launch at least a dozen YouTube channels and three news websites to further their propaganda before the polls.
Following recent social media campaigns by anti-government individuals such as Kanak Sarwar, Shahidul Islam and Shahid Uddin Khan, which has gained a substantial momentum, Tarique Rahman has decided to shift the party’s focus towards campaigning vigorously before the 2023 polls. Although Awami League has created a cyber activists unit comprising 100,000 members, the members of the ruling party are not conspicuous in social media. In contrast, members of BNP-Jamaat and Hefazat already are extremely active on social media platforms, mostly countering pro-Awami League and anti-BNP, Jamaat and Hefazat contents.
Additionally, Tarique Rahman is going to set up a media cell in London with several BNP activists with a target of providing anti-Awami League feedback and contents to global media outlets, including Al Jazeera and BBC. According to information, a British journalist, who is also related to a pro-BNP politician, is also going to play a vital role in BNP’s media cell.
Meanwhile, terror financier and convicted sacked military officer Shahid Uddin Khan is going to launch a massive propaganda assault against Awami League and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, with the help of some of his confidants in Bangladesh. Khan has also finalized an initial budget of BDT 100 million for this propaganda offensive. Shahid Uddin Khan is maintaining contacts with the leaders of Hefazat e Islam and several retired military officers, with a motive of staging a series of massive anti-government demonstrations in Bangladesh from mid-2022, while he also is organizing people for holding demonstrations in front of Bangladeshi missions in London and Washington, the UN headquarters in New York, and ICC headquarters in Hague. Currently with the help of an exiled journalist, Khan is preparing a propaganda brochure, which he plans to distribute amongst the key policymakers in the West and international media outlets.
It may be mentioned here that, Shahid Uddin Khan is a convicted fugitive who is wanted by Interpol on allegations of terror-finance, money laundering, dealing in counterfeit currency notes, weapons and explosives and numerous forms of criminal activities. He was sacked from the army on allegations of financial crime and moral turpitude. According to media reports, Khan formed nexus with notorious terror don Dawood Ibrahim and has been actively involved in drug trafficking. He is under the radars of intelligence agencies in India and Bangladesh.
Shahid Uddin Khan (Army No: BA002428, Course: 8-BMA, Commission Date: 10-06-1983) and his wife and daughters entered Britain with millions of dirty cash.
In 2009, Shahid Uddin Khan invested millions of pounds in the United Kingdom in exchange of obtaining immigrant status under Visa Tier 1, vide VAF No. 511702. The family had laundered an unknown amount of money and brought that into the United Kingdom via United Arab Emirates and few more countries, while Shahid Uddin Khan had invested over 18 million pounds for buying citizenship under Britain’s scandalous ‘Golden Visa’ scheme.
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