16th January 2011 : Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain held a seminar in the heart of the Bangladeshi Muslim community, Whitechapel, to expose the Awami League’s two-years of fascist Rule in Bangladesh.
Mujibul Islam, Hizb ut-Tahrir’s Bangla media spokesman in Britain, gave a point by point explanation of how since coming to power the Awami League has led a campaign of oppression, violence and harassment of political opponents. They have failed in providing for the people’s basic needs and dealing with the breakdown of law and order.
As Bangladeshi politics was already dominated by foreign influence, countries such as the US, Britain and India, drew up plans to further control Bangladesh. Fearing the growing resentment against Fakruddin’s caretaker government and after the foreign powers tried and tested various strategies for Bangladesh, they decided to hold an election under their watch on 29th December 2008.
As the Awami League was desperate to get into power, it was ready to offer everything that was demanded by India and the US. Thus, with the left-wing organisations, which dominated the media and being immersed in foreign culture, India and the US backed the Awami League led Mohajot Alliance. India and the US backed this Alliance because of its willingness to undermine Islam and to promote western culture in Bangladesh. Awami League won a landslide victory in an election which was conducted under the observation of the foreigners.
Ever since Awami League came to power, its primary objective has been to serve its foreign masters namely India and the US, with no loyalty to the country. Therefore, in order to further its strength and dominance in the army it facilitated India to carry out the BDR massacre that led to the brutal killing of over 70 senior army officials. The destruction of the BDR has completely opened up the nation’s border security to India. Not content with destroying the BDR, the Awami League went further and withdrew the Bangladesh armed forces from the Chittagong Hill Tracts, where India is extremely active in sponsoring insurgency movements such as the ‘Shanti Bahini’.
Ignoring the plight of the people of the country and the national interest, the Awami League government decided to sign a Memorandul of Understanding with India, granting transit through Bangladesh in the name of ‘Trans-Shipment’, something it was unable to achieve between 1996 and 2002.
The Awami League government has granted the US Navy access to the Chittagong port to carry out so called training exercises that are known as ‘Operation Tiger-Shark’. This not only provides US navy with intelligence of our naval practices but also grants them leadership over our navy.
The Awami League government has also joined forces with the US in its war against Islam and the Muslims in the region. Following the foot-steps of the war-mongering US, they are creating fear amongst practicing Muslims in Bangladesh by labelling them as terrorist or war criminals. They have deliberately created an image of Bangladesh, to the world, as a country infested with terrorism. However, it fails to ignore the terror reign of the Awami League government and its loyal student wings Chatro League and Jubo League across the country, including the education institutes. The Awami League government’s attack on Islam is not just restricted to tearing the veil off school girls but also, banning the wearing of any Islamic garments in the educational institutions, removing Islamic teaching from any educational curriculum, removing Islamic politics from the country through constitutional amendments and striking at the core of the Muslim identity. Even though Bangladesh is a majority Muslim country, people fear to identify themselves as a Muslim.
In addition to using Chatro League and Jubo League in conducting its state terrorism, they used the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), which has carried out over 54 extrajudicial killing in the country.
Mujibul Islam ended his speech by talking about how the law and order situation has completely deteriorated in the country. Politically motivated arrests, bans on ideological Islamic political parties such as Hizb ut-Tahrir, and detention without trial are just some of the common practices to silence anyone who dares to speak against the Awami League government’s ill practices.
Liakot Sharkar, senior member of the Bangla Committee, explain that the dictatorial rule of Awami League was brought about through the secular democratic system. Hence, what is at fault is not just Awami League but the core system that gives way for such practices. The Awami League government is continuing the same tit-for-tat politics as its predecessor, the Bangladesh National Party ( BNP). Therefore, the whole system and political culture is rotten and in urgent need of change.
He concluded saying that what Bangladesh needs is a new politics based on the Islamic ideology and free form any foreign dominance. A politics that puts the interest of the country and people first and is not only loyal to the country but also has a clear vision. Hizb ut-Tahrir demonstrates such politics and leadership, where the individuals in the party are highly educated, professional, and work sincerely for the cause as their belief and trust is completely upon Allah (SWT), the Creator of all things. Liakot Sharkar invited everyone to join in Hizb ut-Tahrir’s nationwide campaign to demand the removal of the Awami League government and wipe out the rotten politics and replace it with the new politics based on Islam by establishing the Khilafah; as only the Khilafah can ensure stability, progress and true security for the nation and its people.