December 01, 2008

The new low in Bangladeshi politics

BNP nominated its former lawmaker and deputy minister Abdus Salam Pintu along with his brother Sultan Salauddin Tuku, senior vice-president of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, for the Tangail-2 constituency as its candidate in the December 29 parliamentary polls.

Pintu is now detained and charges were made against him and 22 persons including top Harkat-ul-Jihad (Huji) leader Mufti Abdul Hannan for the sensational August 21 grenade attack against Hasina. He confessed of his involvement in the assassination attempt during interrogation.
He was arrested on the basis of confessional statement made earlier by detained Mufti Hannan who claimed that the attack on the AL rally was planned at the official residence of the former Deputy Minister. Hannan said that Pintu was present at the meeting and later supplied the grenades.
He may be not guilty until proven, but it is pathetic to see that BNP could not find another suitable leader in place of him in a nation of 150 million people. 13 more accused and detained candidates were nominated by BNP. I think they are giving a blank check to the accused law makers that they will never be questioned for accountability. This will be a precedence to an anarchic rule.

Instead of running for polls Pintu can start by telling the nation more about his confession and why the meeting of the killers took place in his house. Perhaps he can also tell the whereabouts of his cousin Maulana Tajul Islam, a militant leader and an accused in the grenade attack case.


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