The Cycle of Conspiracy

Syed Badrul Ahsan: What occurred on Aug 21, 2004 was part of a pattern set in motion years back in Bangladesh’s history. The sinister objective was the elimination of the leadership of the Awami League and, by extension, the mutilation of national history. Observe the cycle of conspiracy. In the late 1960s, the Ayub Khan regime in Pakis...

Why Sheikh Hasina was attacked on 21st August: A Pakistani militant's 'Bangladesh Mission'

One of the biggest militant attacks in Bangladesh’s history was the grenade attack on Awami League President Sheikh Hasina’s rally at Bangabandhu Avenue on August 21, 2004. The then opposition leader and now prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, had become the target of a terrorist attack on an anti-terrorism rally. Twenty-four people were...

Darkest Chapter of Bangladesh Politics

Hiren Pandit: Prime Minister (the then Leader of the Opposition) Sheikh Hasina and leaders of the Awami League miraculously survived a horrific grenade attack at an Awami League rally on August 21, 2004. However, 24 Awami League leaders and activists including Ivy Rahman were killed. Hundreds were injured. Many have been crippled forever. Some ...

It was Hawa Bhaban plot

It was a long, dark plot. A chilling conspiracy was getting final touches in an eerie August of 2004, a month that brings to mind the memories of a past bloodbath. The plot for a high-profile assassination was awaiting approval, again. On August 14: At Hawa Bhaban -- the alternative powerhouse of the BNP-led coalition government. At least nine ...

Atrocities of grenade attack must be condemned

Pranab Kumar Panday: August is considered the darkest chapter in the history of Bangladesh as it was the month in which the two worst incidents took place. On August 15, 1975, traitors assassinated Bangabandhu with most of his family members in a domestic and international conspiracy. The main objective of the assassins on that day was to erase...

August 21: A tragedy within a tragedy

Dr. Rashid Askari: The terrible killing of Bangabandhu along with his family members (except for two daughters) and his nearest relatives on the fateful August 15 night in 1975 is one of the biggest tragedies in human history. We call this pre-dawn killing 'August tragedy'. But the tragedy did not end there. It was again in another August (2004...

21st August 2004: The Day When Humanity Stood Ashamed

21st of August, another dark August day of Bangladesh's politics. On this day, in 2004, grenades and bullets were deployed in a crowded area of Dhaka city for assassinating the entire top leadership of Bangladesh Awami League; the day when the Central Office of Awami League at Bangabandhu Avenue became a scene of carnage and mayhem. During the ...

Lest We Forget The Real Mafias of Bangladesh

Barrister Shah Ali Farhad: When Awami League won a landslide election led by Sheikh Hasina on 29 December 2008, it was bad bad news for some very crooked and powerful people: 1. The convicted killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib, whose appeals in the Supreme Court were intentionally stalled by the then BNP-Jamaat Government from 2001-06. Rememb...

Lesson from August grenade attack

Sharif Shahab Uddin: There have been quite a number of reasons to believe that military dictator Ziaur Rahman was engaged in the conspiracy of assassinating Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman while his son Tarique Zia was the main architect of 21 August grenade attack to kill Sheikh Hasina, the daughter of Bangabandhu and th...

We weren't even allowed to talk about the grenade attack: HPM Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina believes the BNP-Jamaat-e-Islami coalition government's efforts to stifle any attempt by the Awami League to speak out against the grenade attack in 2004 points to their 'direct involvement' in the plot. Hasina made the remarks at a discussion organised by the Awami League, commemorating the 16th anniversary of the ...

'Sickness' of the society will be rooted out: HPM Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has reaffirmed to continue her government’s ongoing drive against terrorism, militancy, narcotics and corruption, saying that this “sickness” of the society will have to be rooted out.“Due to the misdeeds of those, who ruled the country for 21 years after the assassination of Bangabandhu in 19...

HPM Sheikh Hasina for collective measures to fight terrorism

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina stressed the need for forging a collective resistance of all against militancy as it has become a common problem of the world which hindering peace, prosperity and development. “I call upon all to take collective measures of resistance if any tendency of militancy and terrorism is seen among any children, teen...

Relentless Fight Against Terrorism Continues

Bangladesh's fight against terrorism and violent extremism is continuing despite the shock and sorrow caused by the terrorist attacks in Dhaka and Kishoreganj which claimed altogether 26 innocent lives, including 4 policemen. While the Awami League Government has been very successful generally in countering terrorism and violent extremism, the s...

When Politics Becomes Terrorism

Since being voted back to power in January 2014, the country continued its march of progress in almost all sectors of economic and human development under the Awami League government. In line with the successes achieved in the previous 5 years, the year saw Bangladesh continuing its progress in all major indictors of economic, social and human ...

BNP Jamaat Terrorists Out To Hold Back Progress In Education

Besides, the ongoing blockade played havoc with education with most of the institutions, from primary schools to universities, failing to hold classes properly, and resulting in changes in exam schedule. Moreover, the young learners' preparations were ruined and the students had to go through undue mental pressure. Turning a blind eye to the pl...

BNP-Jamaat’s Ongoing Arson Violence Culprits Nabbed Red Handed

According to reports run by national electronic and print media, in last 20 days of non-stop blockade, at least 18 rioters of Shibir, student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami, a party that opposed the country’s independence and a key ally of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, were caught by law enforcers and common people while fleeing after carrying ou...

Phone Conversation reveals BNP-Jamaat's Bigwigs Link in Jatrabari Arson Attack

Referring to a group of arsonists, the activist said “we have hired them, they demand BDT TK 15,000 for grisly arson… " Other conversations showed even the high profile leaders warned its activists of expulsion from party posts unless the activists unleashed mindless violence on common people, a media report added. "60 percent mon...

Five Years of Effective Counter Terrorism

  Bangladesh received glowing reviews regarding its anti terrorism measures in the recent US State Department’s Country Report on Terrorism (2013). It noted with recognition the “remarkable successes” Bangladesh has achieved in the task of combating national and transnational terrorism.