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Important changes in Bangladesh missions abroad

Three top diplomats in Bangladesh missions abroad are about to be changed soon. According to media reports, these changes will be made in Bangladesh missions in London, New Delhi and Washington DC. Bangladesh High Commissioner in the United Kingdom Syeda Tasnim Muna is going to be posted as Bangladesh High Commissioner in India, while Bangladesh High Commissioner in India, Muhammed Imran may be sent to Washington DC as Dhaka’s new envoy. There also is indication about withdrawing the Bangladesh ambassador in the United States Shahidul Islam may be called back to Dhaka.

According to diplomatic sources, Bangladesh government is unhappy over the performance of Shahidul Islam and few other diplomats in Dhaka’s mission in Washington for their incapability and lack of responsibility. The source further said, Ambassador Shahidul Islam was an activity of the student front of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and had participated in university elections twice with BNP’s student front’s nomination. Ambassador Islam’s younger brother had participated in university hall elections with nominations from the student front of Jamaat-e-Islami.

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A source told this newspaper that, ever-since Shahidul Islam was appointed Bangladesh’s ambassador to the United States, Dhaka’s relations with Washington has been gradually deteriorating. It also said, Bangladesh’s mission in Washington has miserably failed in countering activities of BNP and Jamaat against the ruling Awami League, which has resulted in December 10, 2021 sanctions imposed by the US State Department against Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) and several officers of this elite force of Bangladesh Police. Moreover, Bangladesh embassy in Washington has also failed in countering ongoing propaganda by anti-Bangladesh and anti-Awami League forces and their appointed lobbyists.

The source further said, in the recent years, London has become an epicenter of anti-Bangladesh activities, where a number of criminals and convicted fugitives have been running notorious propaganda against Bangladesh and been conspiring terrorist activities inside Bangladesh. A convicted fugitive and sacked military officer named Shahid Uddin Khan has been funding terrorists and radical Islamic groups in Bangladesh with dangerous agenda of staging armed revolt in the country. Khan is known as a funder of radical Islamic jihadist groups, including Islamic State, while he also is one of the key members of terror-don Dawood Ibrahim’s infamous D Company. Despite such illegal activities of Shahid Uddin Khan, Bangladesh mission in London has failed to bring the matter to the attention of authorities concerned and law enforcement agencies in the United Kingdom.

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In most of the cases of drug trafficking in the South Asian region and beyond, notorious mafia don Dawood Ibrahim and his D Company are directly involved, while this racket actively collaborates with Pakistani espionage agency ISI. According to media reports, several years ago, at the instructions of Pakistani ISI, Dawood Ibrahim formed a nexus with an individual named Shahid Uddin Khan, who is a fugitive convict and sacked officer of Bangladesh Army for running drug trade as well as dealing in counterfeit Indian currency notes. Shahid Uddin Khan has been convicted by Bangladeshi courts on allegations of terror financing and dealing in arms, counterfeit currency and IED making materials. He also is accused of funding Islamic State (ISIS).

Since 2009, Shahid Uddin Khan’s family has been living in the United Kingdom. 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.

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A source said, in 2009, Shahid Uddin Khan invested millions of pounds in the United Kingdom in exchange for 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 the United Arab Emirates and a few more countries, while Shahid Uddin Khan had invested over 18 million pounds for buying citizenship under Britain’s scandalous ‘Golden Visa’ scheme.

According to immigration records, Shahid Uddin Khan and his family members regularly visit the United Arab Emirates. British intelligence agencies never wanted to know the reason behind this family’s visit to the UAE.

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Media reports said, four months before the Sri Lanka attacks, ISIS funder Shahid Uddin Khan had sent an amount equivalent to ninety-two thousand dollars. This amount went from Dubai to Colombo. In other words, Khans funded the Sri Lanka jihadists – on behalf of ISIS.

Documents available with various intelligence agencies show that Shahid Uddin Khan hails from a radical Muslim family in Bangladesh while Farjana Anjum also hails from the similar family background. This couple’s daughters, though, are living and being educated in Britain, are notoriously radicalized and are working as lone wolves. They have been targeting various individuals and trying to convert them into Islam. One of Shahid Uddin Khan’s daughters, namely Parisa Pinaz Khan (Bangladeshi passport number AF6723557), maintains liaison with Pakistani ISI and terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Following extensive media reports, Indian intelligence agencies started investigating the connections between Dawood Ibrahim and Shahid Uddin Khan.

According to source, such changes would come into force within next couple of weeks, while Bangladesh government also is considering sending efficient and effective individuals in the press sections of Bangladesh missions in Washington DC, London and New Delhi.

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Saiod Iqbal Hossain is a former reporter of entertainment magazine Anondo Alo.

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