Who Are Behind Return Of Political Terrorism?
November 13th, 2020 at 5:38 pm
Who Are Behind Return Of Political Terrorism?

With the torching of nine buses by so far unidentified arsonists have raised concerns about the return of political terrorism which the people of Bangladesh rejected ahead of the 2014 general elections.

Police have made arrests and the country will soon come to know who was behind the arsonists. But all fingers point at the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). It is mainly because the opposition party led by Khaleda Zia carried out similar arson attacks ahead of the 2014 general elections.

Informed sources in Dhaka alleged that the arsonists were from the Juba Dal, the youth front of BNP, while the intelligence is accusing Islami Chatra Shibir, the student wing of the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami party.

Political analysts believe that the attack was carried out to set the stage for an anti-government campaign to unseat the ruling Awami League government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. As a result of the arson attacks, the BNP-Jamaat is hoping against hope that it will create instability in the country.

Has political terrorism come back with the arson attacks?

In the politics of Bangladesh, BNP Jamaat has always tried to create instability through terrorism and violence. Analyzing the history of the BNP Jamaat, it is seen that the BNP was defeated on August 15, 1975. The BNP has come to power through the politics of assassination and conspiracy to cling to power.

In 2007, the 1/11 government came to power. With the 2008 elections, the BNP-Jamaat was almost eliminated. With a minimum number of seats in parliament, the BNP-Jamaat understands that they are less likely to come to power by popular vote or popular support. And that is why the BNP has chosen the path of terrorism and violence ever since. When the trial of the war criminals started, Jamaat-led street violence gripped the country with BNP being an ally backed the group.

After that, BNP-Jamaat played havoc by arson attacks across the country ahead of the 2014 elections. The burning of people in buses and in their homes took turned horrific.

The government took a tough action against the attacks and the 2014 elections were held with the efforts of the law enforcement agencies. But, Begum Khaleda Zia began to continue the politics of political terrorism.

The people voted against the BNP for political terrorism. But it appears they have gone back to its old ways where the BNP-Jamaat alliance is planning a new anti-government campaign by cornering the regime with political terrorism.


Omer Sher is a retired Professor of Economics at Algonquin College, Ottawa, Canada and a researcher on politics in South Asia.