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Many Bangladeshis suspect Pakistan’s hand behind attacks on secular bloggers

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DHAKA: With the recent killings of three secular bloggers in Bangladesh by fundamentalists, the country's intellectuals here are suspecting Pakistan's hand behind the brutal attacks and feel that an international intervention is required to ensure their safety.

"These attacks may be executed by radical elements here but the brain behind those attack is Pakistani establishment who have been vehemently opposing trials and sentences of war criminals," said Imran H Sarkar, a leading blogger of the country, and one of the main architects behind the 2013 Shahbag protests.

Bloggers, who have been constantly living under the threat of being killed by the fundamentalists, feel that Bangladesh government should be more proactive in stopping the attacks on bloggers and intellectuals of Bangladesh.

"Those attacks on bloggers and threats to liberal-minded intellectuals are a handiwork of Jamaat-e-Islami and other radical fundamentalist elements," Sarkar said.

In the last six months, three bloggers were brutally hacked to death for being vocal against religious fundamentalism and demanding severe punishment for the war criminals of 1971 Bangladesh Liberation war.

READ ALSO: Third secular blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

The brutal killings of bloggers started in February this year with the killing of American-Bangladeshi writer Avijit Roy, 42, in February followed by another blogger Washiqur Rahman, 27, in March and Ananta Bijay Das, 33, in May.

All of them were critical of the rise of fundamentalism and demanded severe punishment for the war criminals.

Several other bloggers and online activists too have been receiving threats.

"We all are living under a constant reign of fear that we might be killed any day. In order to infuse the sense of fear all the three have been killed so brutally. Because the fundamentalist and their handlers are very well aware of the power and the movement that bloggers and online activists can organise. The Shahbag movement has proved it. The bloggers are easy targets as they don't belong to any political party," Sarkar told.

READ ALSO: Another blogger hacked to death in Bangladesh

Sarkar's view was shared by another blogger and intellectual Kamal Pasa Chowdhury, who feels that attack on bloggers can only stop if there is an international intervention either by the US or UN to ensure safety and security of bloggers.

"We feel only an international intervention by the US or UN can ensure our safety and security. If they take it up with the Bangladeshi authorities to ensure full proof security, it will have an different impact and it will also infuse a sense of fear in the mind of attackers," Chowdhury said.

"Those who are attacking us are desperate to wipe off every sign of protests against them. The Bangladeshi government has arranged for our security but it's not enough. There are several bloggers who are yet to receive any kind of security," Sarkar said.

READ ALSO: US-based Bangladeshi blogger hacked to death in Dhaka

The views of the bloggers on a possible hand of Pakistan behind the attacks was shared by Bangladeshi Minister for Information and Broadcasting Hasanul Haq Inu who said the main suspected groups behind the attacks is Jamaat-e-Islami which has deep rooted connections in Pakistan.

"We too suspect a Pakistani hand behind it. Because the Jamat-e-Islami group working in Bangladesh is a basically a wing of the Jamat-e-Islami in Pakistan, they act on their orders," Inu told PTI over phone.

"The Jamaat-e-Islami is not only sympathetic towards war criminals but wants to turn our country into a haven for fundamentalist. We can't allow to do that," Inu said.

The apprehension of Pakistani hand behind the attack got cemented after a resolution was adopted by the Pakistani parliament condemning execution of Jamaat leader Abdul Quader Molla for his involvement in war crimes of 1971.

Inu also said that Bangladeshi government just like a special tribunal for war criminals is planning to constitute special tribunals for the trials of those arrested in connection with the killings of the bloggers.

READ ALSO: Bangladesh hangs top Islamist for 1971 war crimes

"We are planning to constitute a special tribunal just on the lines of special tribunal for war criminals. So that the trials against those who are arrested and involved in killings or threats to bloggers," Inu said.

Inu, however, feels that there is no need of international intervention to ensure the safety of bloggers.

"The Bangladesh administration is capable enough to ensure safety of bloggers. And if you are talking of international intervention then I would say that it would be better if international powers stops intervening," Inu said.

Sharing the concerns of Sarkar and Chowdhury, renowned Blogger Omi Rahman Peal, however, feels that, a section of bloggers also do need to respect the religious sentiments as being secular doesn't give any one the right to disrespect religion.

"I do feel that that the radicals and fundamentalist have the support of Pakistan. But these radicals at times are getting scope to attack us by attributing us enemies of Islam because there are certain bloggers who in the name of secularism are disrespecting Islam. This should not be done because it is hurting the sentiments of the masses," Peal said.

Many Bangladeshis suspect Pakistan’s hand behind attacks on secular bloggers - The Times of India
 

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Indian media and their "Dehati Aurat" rona dhona, :lol:

Find few random blog posts (idealy by those who you pay to write), then also find someone in your stooge Haseena Wajid (a very well known hater of Pakistan) cabinet and present it as evidence to the world. Indian media at its best.

The kick they got in the a$$ at UN didn't teach them anything :rofl:
 

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Indian media and their "Dehati Aurat" rona dhona, :lol:

Find few random blog posts (idealy by those who you pay to write), then also find someone in your stooge Haseena Wajid (a very well known hater of Pakistan) cabinet and present it as evidence to the world. Indian media at its best.

The kick they got in the a$$ at UN didn't teach them anything :rofl:
The kick in the a$$ from SAARC did not apparently teach Pakistan not to interfere in SAARC affairs, we saw Pakistani sponsored terrorists attack Afghan Parliament.

We will stand with Bangladesh and Afghanistan against Pakistani culture of spreading terrorism! :)
 

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The kick in the a$$ from SAARC did not apparently teach Pakistan not to interfere in SAARC affairs, we saw Pakistani sponsored terrorists attack Afghan Parliament.

We will stand with Bangladesh and Afghanistan against Pakistani culture of spreading terrorism! :)
Well I as a Pakistani would be more concerned about kick from a mohallai ki committee than this useless SAARC.
 

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For what purpose would Pakistan be behind these attacks? These bloggers aren't a national threat.
 

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For what purpose would Pakistan be behind these attacks? These bloggers aren't a national threat.
What purpose did Pakistanis get by massacring civilians in Mumbai ?
Former PM Sharif says Kasab is Pakistani

Pakistanis esouse the ideology of terror without rhyme or reason. Till a decade back, atleast terrorism was directed by Pakistan Army to achieve goals, now the genie has been let out of the box and the entire population is radicalized.

An example -
Florida: Pakistani national convicted of south Florida terror bomb plot in 2002 deported | Indo-Canadian Voice
London: British Pakistani among 4 arrested in London anti-terror raids - The Express Tribune

Pakistan 'linked to 75% of all UK terror plots', warns Gordon Brown - AR15.Com Archive

Why is it that rarely are Indian Muslims are involved in such activities? Or Bangladeshi Muslims?
Why is it almost always Pakistanis. That should give you the answer.
 

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ISI must really be something.
They can (according to idiots) do things worldwide and get away with it.
 

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What purpose did Pakistanis get by massacring civilians in Mumbai ?
Former PM Sharif says Kasab is Pakistani

Pakistanis esouse the ideology of terror without rhyme or reason. Till a decade back, atleast terrorism was directed by Pakistan Army to achieve goals, now the genie has been let out of the box and the entire population is radicalized.

An example -
Florida: Pakistani national convicted of south Florida terror bomb plot in 2002 deported | Indo-Canadian Voice
London: British Pakistani among 4 arrested in London anti-terror raids - The Express Tribune

Pakistan 'linked to 75% of all UK terror plots', warns Gordon Brown - AR15.Com Archive

Why is it that rarely are Indian Muslims are involved in such activities? Or Bangladeshi Muslims?
Why is it almost always Pakistanis. That should give you the answer.
Yes ISI and Pakistan is behind these attacks. Jo karna hai karlo. :)
 

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