Sajeeb Wazed’s “conspiracy” warning should be heeded

Nadeem Qadir
Published : 17:20, Oct 29, 2019 | Updated : 17:28, Oct 29, 2019

Nadeem QadirBangladesh, in the grip of a very unusual situation over the crack-down on corruption, has been hit by incidents which appeared to be planned. Sajeeb Wazed, the premier’s ICT Advisor, has warned youths that those opposing the country’s march forward always hatched conspiracies to scuttle it.
The crack-down which caught the Mafia circle by surprise has sent shivers not only in the ruling Awami League, the current target of the drive but among all having links with casino business, corruption and illegal activities.
This was pleasing news, but there was also a worry as to how the crack-down would be handled to bring it to a successful end giving Bangladesh a new graft-free image as the nation moved forward in almost all areas. Surely, we all want to see an end to corruption, but we also worry about the powers of those targeted.
Sajeeb Wazed, the prime ministers ICT Advisor, recently addressing a gathering of young people slammed the US Embassy as the “den of Jamaat and war criminals”, saying some foreign missions hatch conspiracies whenever Bangladesh made progress.
“I am not telling (you) ABOUT a few countries but their diplomatic missions, especially the US embassy here, try to hatch conspiracies when Bangladesh is marching towards progress.”
“What is their motive? They do not want to see a strong government here. They want a weak one which will bow to their dictates,” said Wazed, also the prime minister’s son
In fact, the US played a dubious role when Bangladesh was attacked on the night of 25 March 1971 by the Pakistani army. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman was arrested to be later flown to a jail in Pakistan.
The account of its role is found in a book called “The Cruel Birth of Bangladesh ” by Archer K Blood, the last American Consul General to Dhaka, Bangladesh (former East Pakistan). He is famous for sending the strongly-worded "Blood Telegram" protesting against the atrocities committed in the Bangladesh Liberation War by the Pakistanis. The other book is “The Blood Telegram” by Gary J. Bass.
Sajeeb Wazed Joy is the son of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her ICT Affairs Adviser. FILE PHOTOBangladeshis could not forget the US role in the 1975 coup that left the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman dead. Also, a food-carrying ship was turned away from Bangladesh waters during the 1974 famine.
The “man-made famine” was designed to make Bangabandhu unpopular and pave the way for pro-Pakistani men to kill Bangabandhu along with most of his family.
Explaining why he called the embassy as the “den of Jamaat and war criminals,” he said he had found these details in the mission’s activities and events.
It appears that definitely vested groups, frustrated by their own failures and the successes of the government, were very likely behind these motivated incidents referred to earlier.
The latest episode started with the killing of Abrar Fahad in the premier Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. Then the Bhola clashes over a fake but purposefully highlighted on the Facebook to stir communal riots and a few not so important incidents, could not be ignored.
The US-educated Sajeeb Wazed is a talented man who has wide knowledge and one must heed his words and keep a watch.
Let the crack-down be a success by defeating the vested interests together with a “zero tolerance” policy towards such activities.
Nadeem Qadir is the Consulting Editor, Daily Sun and a UN Dag Hammarskjöld fellow.

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