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Biden administration backs Hezbollah supporters in Bangladesh

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Biden administration backs Hezbollah supporters in Bangladesh

Biden administration is continuing support and patronization to Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which is on record a diehard supporter of Lebanese terrorist entity Hezbollah. According to media reports, leaders of BNP consider Hezbollah as a heroic organization while back in 2006, it had named a bridge as ‘Hezbollah Bridge’, while a senior leader of BNP told 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.

According to media reports, in 2006 then coalition government of Bangladesh Nationalist Party and Jamaat-e-Islami named a bridge as ‘Hezbollah Bridge’ honoring Lebanese terrorist group. 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’s war with Israel.

The bridge was renamed in 2013 by Awami League government.

Bangladesh’s former Foreign Minister M. Morshed Khan and a senior leader of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) issued several strong statements on the war, calling Israel’s actions “state terrorism” and “religious terrorism” and accusing the United States of sponsoring it.

Although the United States has identified Hezbollah as a terrorist group, and the Bangladesh government has been trying to convince US lawmakers that it is a “moderate” Muslim country, the government has taken no action to revoke the honor. During Hezbollah’s recent war with Israel, several Arab and Muslim countries were muted in their condemnations of the Jewish state and equivocal about supporting Hezbollah.


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For the past several years, Bangladesh Nationalist Party and its political and ideological ally Jamaat-e-Islami have been spending millions of dollars towards lobbyist activities in Washington and London with the ulterior motive of defaming Awami League led secularist government in Bangladesh. Former US diplomat William B Milam is leading this anti-Bangladesh and pro-Islamist agendas of BNP and Jamaat in the US.

William Bryant Milam is an American diplomat, and is Senior Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Milam was a career diplomat. He retired from the United States Foreign Service at the end of July 2001 but was recalled after September 11, and spent nine months helping to set up the multilateral mechanism for the reconstruction of Afghanistan. He was also recalled to serve as interim Charge d’Affairs at the United States Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, prior to the re-establishment of a permanent American ambassadorial post to Libya. His last post before retirement was as Ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan where he served from August 1998 to July 2001.

Willaim B Milam was US Ambassador to Bangladesh from August 1990 to October 1993.

According to information, Milam also is the president of an entity named ‘Right to Freedom’ in the United States. This entity is funded by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and works as a lobbyist for this pro-Islamist party.

Tajul Islam is a Special Correspondent of Blitz.

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