Western nations seeing Bangladesh Nationalist Party as terrorist organization

Anita Mathur

According to credible sources, United States is actively considering blacklisting Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) as a terrorist organization, while similar actions might also be taken against another radical Islamic and antisemitic party named Jamaat e Islami. Earlier, US Department of Homeland Security had argued in the court stating BNP qualifies as a “Tier III” terrorist organization, while Canadian authorities had also echoed the same opinion.

Kyle Shideler is the Director of the Counter Islamist Grid (CIG) said, Bangladeshi National Party is a sometimes violent nationalist

Bangladeshi political party devoted to implementing an Islamic nationalism for Bangladesh.”

Shideler said, “BNP is the political ally of Jamaat-e-Islami, an Islamist political party whose armed wing, Hizbul Mujahedeen, was designated as a terrorist group by the U.S. State Department.”

Both BNP and Jamaat support Islamic terror groups Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

In May this year, Canadian Federal Court in a verdict said, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) “has engaged or will engage in acts of terrorism.”

Seeking anonymity, a counterterrorism expert in the U.S. told Blitz, “One of the key political ideologies of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is promoting radical Islam and extending unconditional support to notorious Islamic militancy groups such as Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. BNP maintains closer relations both with Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad and its founder Maj Gen Ziaur Rahman was a personal friend of Yasser Arafat.

“General Ziaur Rahman had contributed greatly in promoting terrorism in the Middle East by providing military training to the members of Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Palestine Liberation Organization. During his tenure, thousands of Palestinian jihadists were trained in Bangladesh.”

She further said, “Bangladesh Nationalist Party does not believe in the existence of the Jewish State and its policies are no different than Iran. Considering its previous track record, it is completely unwise for the United States to maintain any relations with a party like BNP. Trump administration should immediately assess the activities and ideologies of Bangladesh Nationalist Party and distance from it.”

Few years back, BNP government named a new bridge Hezbollah. The bridge is located in the southern part of the South Asian country, spanning the Batakhali River in an area known as Cox’s Bazaar. Junior communications minister Salahuddin Ahmed named the bridge after the Lebanese group at the height of Hezbollah is at war with Israel.

Justifying the naming of the bridge, Salauddin Ahmed, state minister for communication told the French news agency, AFP “I named the bridge Hezbollah because of our love for the Lebanese resistance group.”

“Hezbollah is the only group which is fighting Israel and the bridge is named after the group as a mark of honor,” he added.

United States has identified Hezbollah as a terrorist group.

In the recent years, Bangladesh Nationalist Party has formed strong alliance with radical Islamic groups such as Jamaat e Islami and Hefajat e Islam.

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