While his party BNP (Bangladesh Nationalist Party), with the help of Jamaat-e-Islami, Hefazat-e-Islam is dreaming of establishing Caliphate rule in Bangladesh, Tarique Rahman, a convicted fugitive has been spending millions of dollars towards gambling and womanizing in Britain. It may be mentioned here that, BNP, during its rule of 2001-2005, named a bridge after Hezbollah terrorist group stating, this Lebanese outfit was “symbol of true Islam”, while the party has also been a staunch supporter and patron of Palestinian ISIS Hamas and darling of Pakistani spy agency Inter Service Intelligence (ISI).
Recently, Tarique Rahman and his party-men fell into huge embarrassment, when a London-based Bangla news portal named ‘London Bangla News’ published few exclusive photographs, where Tarique is seen sitting in a gambling board along with few other expatriate Bangladeshis. The photo has exposed a part of Tarique Rahman’s private life of being a gambling addict, while other sides of his private life are yet to be exposed. It may be mentioned here that, Tarique Rahman is infamous of being a bi-sexual and also a pedophile. During BNP’s rule of 2001-2005, escort girls and high-profile prostitutes were being regularly brought into Bangladesh while Tarique was spending hours with them in his own luxury resort named ‘Khwab’ (Dream). Members of the law enforcement agencies were stationed outside this resort to guard Tarique and his companions. During those days, Khwab was known as a notorious place of sex, drugs and gambling.
For many years, there is a tug-of-war between Tarique Rahman and his mother Khaleda Zia (former Prime Minister) and the son is trying to establish his absolute grip on BNP. According to media reports, sitting in London, Tarique Rahman has been receiving millions of dollars by selling party’s nomination and posts to various individuals. While BNP was in power, Tarique and other members of his family had amassed hundreds of millions of dollars through numerous forms of corruption and nepotism.
According to a number of inner-circle sources of Tarique Rahman, BNP leaders and a section of supporters were already feeling uncomfortable with Tarique’s reckless lifestyle. Many senior leaders of the party were dropped from important posts just because they could not make monthly payment to Tarique Rahman. The source further said, Tarique’s mother Khaleda Zia had recently started inquiring about her son’s whimsical and reckless behavior and his spending donation money towards buying luxury, womanizing and gambling.
It is also alleged that, although BNP has been receiving donation from its leaders, members and activists for supported COVID affected poor people in Bangladesh, the entire fund went into the hands of Tarique Rahman and he did not spend even a fraction of the received cash.
According to BNP’s activists in London, Tarique Rahman spends hours in casino almost 3-4 days a week. He also visits apartments of a number of his confidantes and spends hours with sex workers while there also are allegations of orgy parties in those apartments.
Tarique Rahman’s casino connection
Back in 2019, when the government went into massive actions against illegal casinos in Bangladesh, Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said, casino culture started from Hawa Bhaban — the BNP’s powerhouse during its reign.
Meanwhile, Information Minister Hasan Mahmud termed Tarique Rahman as the “casino emperor”.
He said, “We saw that Tarique Rahman showed his earnings from casinos in his tax returns in London”.
He echoed Quader’s comment that it was the BNP leaders who started the casino culture in Bangladesh.
During government’s drive against casinos, an individual named Salim Prodhan, who is known as one of the kingpins of illegal casino racket told the interrogators that he was regularly sending money to Tarique Rahman in London.
Salim Prodhan also said, he maintained a close relationship with Giasuddin Al Mamun, now in jail on charges of extortion, corruption, money laundering and tax evasion.
Mamun is an intimate friend and business associate of Tarique.
Tarique Rahman’s secret mistress
This newspaper has received a scoop about BNP leader Tarique Rahman’s mistress in London. According to information, since 2016, Tarique has been keeping a Turkish-born female as his mistress by renting an apartment in West London.
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