Bangladesh in crisis. Which way forward? – Nazmul Haque
Bangladesh in crisis. Which way forward? [in Bangla] – Mohammad Abu Zayd
Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain today, 8th March 2013, organised a public gathering to address the current political crisis in Bangladesh. The event was titled ‘Bangladesh in crisis: Which way forward?’ and was held in the London borough of Tower Hamlets which has a large Bangladeshi community. Many people from the community, including ulema, businessmen, professionals and community leaders attended the gathering. The speakers addressing the gathering were members of Hizb ut-Tahrir Nazmul Haque and Muhammed Abu Zayd, and it was chaired by Wakil Ahmed.
The speakers strongly condemned the heavy-handed tactics and killings of ordinary God-fearing Muslims by the ruling Awami League government as well as the senseless killing, violence and the destruction of properties perpetrated by the major political parties. They also condemned in the strongest terms the attack upon Islam and the Prophet (saw) by certain atheists.
The speakers highlighted that the real reasons for the current violence and anarchy in Bangladesh is that the Awami League is positioning itself for the upcoming general election, which is likely to be held by the end of the year. By stoking up cheap nationalistic slogans and emotions of war crimes, the Awami League is creating instability in the country to further their election agenda.
The speakers reminded the people of the anti Islamic agenda that the Hasina government has been following ever since they came to power. They are doing everything to eradicate Islam from Bangladesh. Furthermore it is the Hasina government that perpetrated the Pilkhana massacre to ensure the Bangladesh army becomes subservient to India. Although they hark on about how much they love Bangladesh, it is the Hasina government that has handed over Bangladesh to India and America to use Bangladesh for their pursuit to contain China and secure their colonial domination in the region. Our ports, our energy resources and our land are not secure in the hands of the Hasina government.
The people of Bangladesh have been witnessing the cycle of Awami-BNP politics for the last 22 years. Both these parties are bankrupt and have brought nothing but corruption, criminality, violence and terror to Bangladesh. Rather than discussing policies and vision for the country, the ideologically bankrupt Awami League and BNP are sacrificing the blood of the common people for their selfish greed for power and family rule. This, unfortunately, will escalate as the election draws nearer.
The speakers urged the people that the corrupt and divisive politics of the Awami League and BNP alliances’ should be shunned and instead a new politics based on Islam should be created. They also strongly advised the brothers in the Islamic groups that are allying with either the Awami League or BNP that allying with them will only blacken the name of Islam and will only help to maintain the corruption of the current system and that it will do nothing to further Islam in Bangladesh. It is a well-known fact that for more than 20 years the Awami League and BNP have repeatedly used Islam and the Islamic groups for their own ugly political gains. They also urged the aware and thinking people of Bangladesh that the country is heading into an ugly polarised politics that will only help outside powers like America and India to exploit it further and implement their evil designs against the country, particularly establishing their domination over our military and strategic assets.
Furthermore, the speakers called upon all the thinking, aware and sincere people from the Islamic groups, mosques, madrasahs, universities, bureaucracy, and civil society to come forward to work with Hizb ut-Tahrir to establish an alternative political platform in the country based on the Qur’an and Sunnah of the Prophet (saw). This new politics based on Islam will bring unity to the country as opposed to the corrupt Awami-BNP politics that has led us to where we are today. Islam will establish the rule of law in society where no person, leader or non-leader, man or woman, Muslim or non-Muslim will be above the law. No man or woman will commit a crime and get away with it, whether he or she is a leader, activist or from the general public. Every victim of crime will receive true justice based on Islam. Islam will end divisive party politics as the leader of the Islamic state (the Khaleefah) will deal with all parties with justice; he will be the leader of all people, Muslims and non-Muslims. His responsibility will be to secure the rights of all people in society regardless of their belief, gender, race or status.
Hizb ut-Tahrir will continue to work in Bangladesh and with the Bangladeshi community outside the country to build a strong Islamic movement with the sincere people of the country to overthrow this corrupt political system and establish the Islamic Khilafat State.