After the Soviet Union’s presence in Afghanistan, a militant group was formed in Afghanistan with the help of the then US government. These are the Taliban, their leader was Osama bin Laden. At that time, several Bangladeshi Islamic terrorists also took part in the war with the Taliban to drive out the Soviet Union from Afgan. After the fall of the soviet union-backed government in Afghanistan, the military-trained Islamic extremist returned to Bangladesh and formed an organisation called Huji. They started to chant slogans on the streets of Dhaka, “We all are Taliban-Bangla will be Afghan.”
The Huji leader of Bangladesh Mufti Hannan twice tried to assassinate the current Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina. Later he was hanged. Recently after the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, Islamic extremist youths from Bangladesh are again going to Afghanistan to join the Taliban. Bangladesh police source ensures that already two extremists have reached Afganistan and a number is on the way to Afgan via Pakistan.
The members of the banned organisation of Islamic extremists are going to Afghanistan again. Top Ansar al-Islam leaders are also secretly encouraging their members to go to Afghanistan. As a large part of Afghanistan has recently fallen to the Taliban, young people are being encouraged to take part in establishing Islamic rule there. These young men have been brainwashed with misinterpretations of Islam. In the meantime, a young boy name Anei has migrated from home to go to Afghanistan. Detectives have received information that many of them reached Afghanistan by sea from Chittagong via Pakistan. The rest are looking for opportunities along the way. Detectives have confirmed this after arresting four members of Ansar al-Islam on 8 May.
Asaduzzaman, head of the counter-terrorism unit of the Dhaka Metropolitan Police, told that Ansar al-Islam claims to be a branch of al-Qaeda in the subcontinent. Recently arrested people said that two of them have migrated to Afghanistan. He added that We are not sure yet. “ “Our message is clear – those who love the country will never be able to do such a horrible thing,” he said. At the same time, they should understand that no one is out of our control. ‘ It is known that in the eighties, several young people left Bangladesh to join the anti-Soviet war in Afghanistan, a large part of whom were students and teachers of the extremist Qawmi Madrasa. Harkatul Jihad Al Islami (HUJI) made its debut on 30 April 1992 at the National Press Club in Dhaka on the initiative of those Afghan-returning fighters. Most of the Afghan-backed Mujahideen joined it. During the Afghan war, they received training in guerrilla warfare and heavy weapons handling. Huji was banned in October 2005.
After the failure of the BNP government at the end of the caretaker government, Huji changed his name again and tried to enter public politics under the name of Islamic Mass Movement or IDP (Islamic Democratic Party). They opened a party office in Paltan and applied to the Election Commission for registration. Intelligence officials, who have been conducting anti-militancy activities, say that for a long time, members of the Huji have been in the face of a series of raids by members of various organisations, including the RAB and the police. Abdus Salam, the head of Huji, Mufti Hannan (later hanged), Sheikh Farid, Maulana Yahya and many other top leaders were caught by the law enforcement agencies. However, former MPs of Narail Mufti Shahidul Islam, Mufti Faizullah and Maulana Abu Bakkar are still staying outside the country with the encouragement and support of Huji members. Huji members called Ansar Al Islam have been active for eight years. Until his arrest, Maulana Jasim Uddin Rahmani, the spiritual leader of the organisation, had been consulting at various times. Later, his devoted follower Maulana Mahmud Hasan Gunbi emerged as a spiritual leader. According to intelligence sources, members of Ansar al-Islam have been secretly working with Rohingyas in Cox’s Bazar for several years.
On 4 March, after the arrest of the head of the operation branch of Ansar Al Islam. Mainul Islam alias Mahin alias Mithu alias Hasan, the organisation’s ‘Sheikh’ Sohan Shad alias Bara Abdullah and Murad Hossain Kabir, the detectives came to know a lot of important information. The arrested Mainul was training children in the name of running a madrasa in Dhaka. In addition, the recent sabotage of Hefazat-e-Islam was aided by Afghan-backed fighters. One of their latest arrests was Maulana Mahmud Hassan Gunbi, the spiritual guru of Ansar al-Islam. The RAB arrested him on Thursday night.
According to the sources, Gunbi used to inspire his followers to take part in jihad most of the time. In recent times, he has raised the issue of Afghanistan in various speeches. He advised his followers to go to Afghanistan at different times. It is known that Ansar al-Islam terrorists have been silent for a long time, but now the situation in Afghanistan has released them. In the meantime, they are communicating with each other using various Internet-based apps. One such close group is called the ‘Science Project’. Three of the 10 young people in the chat group have travelled to Afghanistan. Detectives have confirmed that the two of them have reached Afghanistan. The two are Abdur Razzak of Comilla and Shibbir Ahmed of Sylhet. Razzak studied at a madrasa in Sylhet.
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AFTER PEGASUS SNOOPING REVELATIONS, ISRAEL INSPECTS NSO GROUP OFFICES
Israeli authorities have inspected the offices of NSO Group, a surveillance outfit, in response to the Pegasus project investigation into abuses of the company’s spyware by several government clients, as per The Guardian report.
Officials from the Defence Ministry visited the company’s offices near Tel Aviv on Wednesday, at the same time when Defence Minister Benny Gantz arrived in Paris for a pre-arranged visit. Gantz discussed the Pegasus revelations with his French counterpart.
French President Emmanuel Macron is one of the high-profile figures whose phone numbers appeared on a leaked database of 50,000 numbers that are believed to have been selected as candidates for possible surveillance by the clients of NSO, as per the report. Macron spoke to Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett last week to stress the importance of “properly investigating” the project’s findings.
According to early media reports, the moves on NSO’s offices were described as a raid but the company stated that the authorities had only “visited” and not “raided” its premises.
The NSO clarified that it had been informed in advance that Defence Ministry officials, responsible for overseeing commercial exports of sensitive cyber-exports, would be doing an inspection. “The company is working in full transparency with the Israeli authorities,” the report added.
The Defence Ministry tweeted that the visit conducted by several state bodies was related to disclosures stemming from the Pegasus project — a consortium of 17 media outlets, including The Guardian, which revealed last week that government clients around the world have used the hacking software sold by NSO to target human rights activists, journalists, and lawyers.
As the scale of the disclosures has become clearer, diplomatic pressure has mounted on Israel to explain the nature of the relationship between NSO and the state under the tenure of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the report stated.
The wider Pegasus project investigation found that the Israeli government gave the NSO explicit permission in 2017 to try to sell the hacking tools to Saudi Arabia in a deal reportedly worth at least $55 million, the report added.
Gantz told French Defence Minister Florence Parly, on Wednesday, that Israel is investigating the matter “with the utmost seriousness”, as per a statement from the Israeli Defence Ministry.
BANGLADESH RAINS CREATE HAVOC; 20 DEAD, 3 LAKH STRANDED
DHAKA: Owing to the monsoon floods and landslides, 300,000 people in villages across southeast Bangladesh have been cut off, and at least 20 people have been killed including six Rohingya refugees, said officials.
Rohingya refugees living in camps have been battered by torrential rain since Monday. The officials informed, “The floods have stranded some 306,000 people in Cox’s Bazar district. At least 70 villages have been submerged by floods,” Mamunur Rashid, the district administrator, told AFP. He added, “At least 20 people have died in floods and landslides including six Rohingya refugees.” Also, about 36,000 people have been moved into schools and cyclone shelters, they added.
Bangladesh evacuated 10,000 Rohingyas from around refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar because of the storms earlier this week.
As per aid workers, Covid lockdown in the camps, following a major spike in cases, has affected rescue work as access is restricted.
For all I care, you can die any time, Philippine President’s message to unvaccinated people
MANILA: The President of the Philippines said that he doesn’t care if people who deny the Covid-19 die from the virus. In a national address on Wednesday, Rodrigo Duterte said: “For those who do not want it, well, for all I care, you can die anytime.”
The President added that he wants the police to restrict the movement of people who refuse Covid vaccines: “To those people who do not want to be vaccinated, I am telling you, don’t go out of your house. If you go out of your house, I will tell the police to return you to your home. You will be escorted back to your house because you are a walking spreader.”
Only 6% of the country is vaccinated, as per Reuters. Duterte previously threatened to jail people who refuse to get a coronavirus vaccine. Supply delays have also slowed the vaccination rate in some parts of the country, as per Bloomberg report.
TALIBAN TAKEOVER WOULD MAKE AFGHANISTAN ‘PARIAH STATE’, SAYS US SECRETARY OF STATE BLINKEN
NEW DELHI: The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, on Wednesday, that Afghanistan would become a “pariah state” if the government (after Taliban takeover) commits atrocities against its population.
Blinken said, “An Afghanistan that does not respect the rights of its people, an Afghanistan that commits atrocities against its people would become a pariah state,” as per TOLO News report. He added that the violence carried out by the Taliban against the Afghan people was deeply troubling and not a good sign for the future of the country.
“What we were seeing on the ground in the last week is the Taliban making advances on district centres, challenging some provincial capitals,” Blinken said and added, “we have also seen these reports of atrocities committed by the Taliban in areas that it has taken over that are deeply, deeply troubling and certainly do not speak well of the Taliban’s intentions for the country as a whole.” Blinken was on a two-day visit to India for talks with Indian leaders. He said the only path to peace in Afghanistan is through negotiations. –
INDIA’S GRANT ASSISTANCE: NEPALI TEMPLE RESTORATION BEGINS
Repair work of Nepal’s Hiranyavarna Mahavihar and Digi Chhen temple, which is one of the cultural heritage sites in the Himalayan country, began on Thursday. This restoration work has been funded by India.
It is part of the 28 cultural heritage projects being undertaken under the Indian government grant assistance of $50 million for Post-Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation of cultural heritage sites in Nepal.
“The Mahavihar (temple) is being reconstructed at a cost of Nrs (Nepali Rupees) 181 million,” informed Indian Embassy.
Reconstruction work of Hiranyavarna Mahavihar and Digi Chhen, Lalitpur started after the local community performed “Chhema Puja”.
The puja was attended by officials from the Embassy of India in Kathmandu, the Central Level Project Implementation Unit and the government of Nepal. Seven cultural heritage projects are being reconstructed in the Lalitpur district, of which work on five projects are ongoing. Hiranyavarna Mahavihar, popularly known as the Golden temple, is situated in the monument zone of Patan Darbar square.
India, US renew Triangular Cooperation Agreement for global development
India and the United States have signed the Second Amendment to the statement of Guiding Principles on Triangular Cooperation for global development, says the Ministry of External Affairs.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced on Friday that India and the United States have signed the Second Amendment to the statement of Guiding Principles (SGP) on Triangular Cooperation for global development, .
As per the MEA release, the amendment was signed by Abhilasha Joshi, Joint Secretary, Development Partnership Administration-II Division, Ministry of External Affairs of India and Karen Klimowsky, Acting Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in India. The SGP Agreement, signed in November 2014, underscores the contribution of the India-US partnership to global stability and prosperity. It provides a framework for promoting cooperation between the two countries to meet the developmental aspirations of partner countries, particularly in Asia and Africa.
“The Second Amendment to the SGP Agreement, signed today, extends the validity of the SGP Agreement up to 2026. It expands the scope of capacity-building activities undertaken jointly by India and the United States under this framework and also provides a consultative mechanism for joint biannual monitoring and review of activities undertaken under the SGP,” stated the MEA release.
Under this agreement, India and the US will continue to offer capacity-building assistance to partner countries in multiple sectors focusing primarily on agriculture, regional connectivity, trade and investments, nutrition, health, clean and renewable energy, women empowerment, disaster preparedness, water, sanitation, education and institution building.
The agreement helps fulfil the joint commitment of both nations to work together and leverage their combined capacities to provide a demand-driven development partnership. This cooperation with the US will complement India’s other ongoing and future development partnerships, capacity building and technical assistance with countries globally.
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