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BNP used Peter Haas for creating controversy

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is now using the December 14 visit of US ambassador in Bangladesh, Peter D Haas to the residence of a leader of its student front.

It may be mentioned here that, the US ambassador Haas visited the residence of Sajedul Islam, missing leader of the student front of BNP to talk to Sajedul’s sister Sanjida Islam. Ambassador Haas was accompanied by US State Department’s Bangladesh desk officer Lika Johnston.

Meanwhile, sitting in Washington DC, an individual named Mushfiqul Fazal Ansarey, representative of BNP’s acting chairman Tarique Rahman has been trying to cash on this matter, while he is clearly getting patronization from a vernacular daily in Dhaka. On December 18, 2022, the daily published a report titled ‘Donald Lu called the Bangladesh ambassador and expressed concern about the safety of Peter Haas’, it said, “Donald Lu, an influential official of the Biden administration, called the ambassador of Bangladesh in Washington and expressed concern about the security of the US ambassador in Dhaka, Peter Haas. Segunbagicha and the Bangladesh Embassy in Washington claimed that the meeting was pre-arranged. Dhaka does not want to call it exactly ‘summon’”.

In the same report, the Dhaka daily went further by stating, “It should be noted that Imran Khan, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, has always blamed Donald Lu, a senior official of the State Department, for plotting his ouster”, which is a clear attempt of giving instigation to anti-government elements in Bangladesh and abroad.

Clockwise photographs of US ambassador’s visit at the residence of BNP leader Sajedul Islam

It is clearly understood that this misleading report has been written by Mushfiqul Fazal Ansarey who also is associated with this vernacularly daily.

Meanwhile, Anita Mathur, Special Contributor to BLiTZ in Washington said, Bangladesh ambassador in Washington was not summoned by the US State Department. The meeting was previously scheduled, where the ambassador met Peter Lu along with other diplomats of the Bangladesh Embassy. Anita Mathur further said, Mushfiqul Fazal Ansarey has spread this rumor stating the Bangladesh ambassador was summoned by the US State Department official.

Reporters of BLiTZ have already investigated the case of US ambassador’s visit at the Shaheenbagh residence of BNP leader Sajedul Islam on December 14. According to our reporters, on hearing about the scheduled visit of Ambassador Peter D. Haas, Sanjida Islam, sister of Sajedul Islam hired sound system, overhead projector and chairs from local decorators, where she had told them that these were required for an “important event” which will be attended by the US ambassador. Sanjida also invited several people, including her neighbors to this program.

Our reporters have got confirmed that it was Sanjida Islam who had leaked the information about visit of Ambassador Peter D. Haas at their residence. She also had informed at least three leaders of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and requested members of local media to cover the program.

As the US ambassador reportedly had to leave the place hurriedly because some activists under the banner of another organization named Mayer Kanna (Mother’s Tears) gathered in front of Sajedul Islam’s residence with the hope of drawing attention of the US ambassador to another matter of extra-judicial murders of several officers of Bangladesh Armed Forces during the rule of military dictator General Ziaur Rahman, local staffs at the US embassy, some of whom are reportedly inclined towards Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Jamaat-e-Islami had warned Peter D. Haas of lack of security.

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