Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina
Over the last few years I’ve been corresponding with several concerned citizens of Bangladesh. There’s no doubt these citizens have sought me out for no other reason than I have a blog, and am willing to share their stories because they believe most of the western mainstream media won’t. I must admit, before my correspondences with these men, I knew very little about Bangladesh and its 160 million residents.
Bangladesh’s female Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, and her ruling party the Awami League have accomplished something very rare in an Islamic country. They have so far successfully stood up to radical Islamists and barred religious parties from using Islam and Sharia law as a political tool to undermine the country’s secular constitution and democratic process.
The Bangladesh national election is looming, and the two main opposition parties to the Awami League, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its religious Jihadi friends the Jamaat-e-Islami party teamed up this past week to put the country’s capital Dhaka in paralyzing fear, as many residents are too afraid to leave their homes out of the fear of rioting Islamists in the streets.
The Muslim on Hindu attacks have become more common and intense recently after the country sentenced two prominent and influential Islamist leaders to death for their role in the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. The two men were convicted for the abduction and killing of 18 pro-independence activists, among the dead included academics and journalists.
The opposition BNP has also threatened the Awami League, that unless Hasina relinquishes her power, its supporters will whip up even more nationwide strikes and unrest.
Prime Minister Hasina however has vowed to follow through with the upcoming election even though the BNP is threatening would be voters, and asking fellow supporters to come prepared with arms.
So far the recent protests and unrest have led to the deaths of 150 people, with more than 2,000 people being reported injured.
If Prime Minister Hasina and her Awami party are forced out of office, overnight we could see the emergence of another radical Islamist state much like Pakistan leaving millions of Bengalis in peril.