Hizbut Tahrir echoes anti Bangladesh propaganda

Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury

Notorious militancy outfit Hizbut Tahrir (HT) has now joined the anti-Bangladesh propaganda and has declared solidarity with Al Jazeera and militancy funder Bangladeshi sacked military officer Shahid Uddin Khan. In a statement issued recently, Hizbut Tahrir has not only defended a derogatory article published by Al Jazeera, which was based on bogus information provided by Shahid Uddin Khan, it also has warned the journalists in Bangladesh to stop supporting the government of Sheikh Hasina and friendly nations of Bangladesh such as United Stated and India.

It may be mentioned here that, few months back, Hizbut Tahrir had circulated posters demanding withdrawal of cases lodged against photographer Shahidul Alam. Now it has come in defence of sacked military officer Shahid Uddin Khan and Al Jazeera, proving its affiliations with these individuals and terror-network.

Who is Shahid Uddin Khan?

Terror network Al Jazeera had all the enthusiasm in giving coverage to a notorious man named Lt Col (sacked) Shahid Uddin Khan (Army No: BA002428, Course: 8-BMA, Commission Date: 10-06-1983), who along with his wife Farjana Anjum and daughters had smuggled out millions of dollars from Bangladesh and invested in various business ventures in United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom.

Militancy connection of Shahid Uddin Khan:

During the January 17, 2019 raid at the resident of this sacked army officer, printed propaganda materials of ISIS were recovered by CTTC. Moreover CTTC also seized documents showing Shahid Uddin Khan funding this notorious jihadist outfit. Three separate cases have already been lodged against Colonel (sacked) Shahid Uddin Khan and his accomplices with Cantonment Police Station in Dhaka.

According to a credible source, Shahid Uddin Khan has hands behind a number of recent terrorist attacks in Britain. Moreover, he has been enthusiastically funding anti-Semitism in UK as well as conversion of non-Muslims into Islam.

Britain accepted illegal money from Shahid Uddin Khan:

Shahid Uddin Khan smuggled out millions of dollars from Bangladesh to various countries including United Kingdom. In 2009, he invested one million Pounds in the United Kingdom in exchange of obtaining immigrant status under visa Tier 1, vide VAF No. 511702. The investment was made in the name of Shahid’s wife Farzana Anjum.

United Kingdom never enquired about the legality of the money Shahid and his family had invested, although it is learnt from various sources in Bangladesh that the family had never taken any permission from the Bangladesh Bank for repatriating such a huge amount of money.

Shahid Uddin Khan plotting coup:

According to information obtained from one of the key cohorts of Shahid Uddin Khan, this sacked military officer has been desperately trying to stage a coup in Bangladesh with the help of some of his friends. His motive is to establish Caliphate by ousting a democratically elected government. As per the existing laws of the United Kingdom, no foreign immigrant is allowed to use the British soil for such notoriety.

Shahid Uddin Khan investing dirty money in Britain:

Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife Farjana Anjum and daughters have already invested millions of pounds in the United Kingdom in real estate sector. Despite the Financial Action Task Force assessing the UK as having “a well-developed and robust regime” to tackle money laundering, the country’s real estate market is nevertheless recognized as being a conduit for money laundering.

British company structures which hide the identity of those behind them were branded a disgrace by the whistle-blower Howard Wilkinson, who in 2018, brought to light an alleged 200 billion euro ($228 billion) money laundering scandal involving Danske Bank.

He said, “The role of the United Kingdom is an absolute disgrace. Limited liability partnerships and Scottish liability partnerships have been abused for absolutely years”.

Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA) has said it is investigating the use of UK-registered companies and a number of so-called professional enablers in connection with the widening scandal.

Britain suspended Golden Visa:

In December 2018 it was announced that Britain will suspend its top tier investor visas, which require 2 million pounds ($2.55 million) in investment, as part of a drive to crack down on organized crime and money laundering.

From Russian oligarchs and Middle Eastern oil barons to newly-minted Asian entrepreneurs and corrupt individuals, the wealthy have flocked to London over the past two decades, snapping up everything from opulent homes to soccer clubs.

The influx of super-rich has brought tens of billions of pounds in investment and helped London preserve its position as one of the world’s top two global financial capitals, though the government has been concerned by the provenance of some of the wealth.

The Tier 1 Investor’s Visa:

Shahid Uddin Khan and his family entered in the United Kingdom under Tier 1 Investor’s Visa and obtained immigration. The tier 1 investor visas, which offered non-European Union residents over three years entry in return for 2 million pounds in investment in United Kingdom bonds, share capital or loan capital in UK companies, has already been suspended from midnight on December 7, 2018.

Britain’s National Crime Agency, which tackles serious and organized crime, said in September 2018 that it was stepping up efforts to tackle dirty money funneled into or through the United Kingdom by “corrupt elites”.

It said it planned to extend the use of Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWOs), one means by which the assets of corrupt “politically exposed persons” or those with links to serious crime can be seized.

But unfortunately, the case of Shahid Uddin Khan, his wife Farjana Anjum and daughters had never been investigated.

Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is the editor of Blitz. Follow him on Twitter at @Salah_Shoaib

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