In the beginning it seemed to be another blame game between two rivals. Though the news was not unearthed by a Bangladeshi media, there was some scope of suspicion as you cannot believe blame as long as it is not proved. But in the end the ISI chief says his agency did it with the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).
Yes, I am talking about the ‘ISI-BNP money’ controversy. Being a Bangladeshi national, whether you are a supporter of BNP or Awame League (AL), you should not be happy to accept the info that a Bangladeshi political party, in this case it is the BNP, took donation from the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) of Pakistan.
A quick fact summary for those who are not familiar with history: Bangladesh was a province of Pakistan till 1971. It was liberated on 16th December, 1971 following a war with its ruler Pakistan that prolonged for nine month. Nearly three million East Pakistanis were killed in that war. While East Bengal (now Bangladesh) had been urging for regional sovereignty, Pakistan attacked people of this part on 25th March, 1971. If you are interested can Google for Operation Search Light.
Just after 20 years of that blood shaded war, we have to face such a truth that a political party did not hesitate to accept money from that Pakistan. This was first reported by Khaleej Times based in UAE that was followed by newspapers in Bangladesh. Then the ruling AL began to bully the BNP. Even the leader of the AL, the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, called for deportation of BNP chief Khaleda Zia to Pakistan. BNP replied to this and demanded proof.
Unfortunately they got the proof, but it’s not the AL or government that provided the proof. It’s the ex chief of ISI- Mr. Asad Durrani! And where did he admit this- In the supreme court of Pakistan. He was summoned by the court and questioned on Friday on ISI role in funding political parties in home and abroad.
Ironically acting secretary general of BNP, Mr. Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, showed the courage to deny the allegation even on Saturday. And we have no report if a single journalist asked him to comment on Durrani’s court statement.
That’s where we stand. The politicians keep on lying, and journalists keep on to report those lies.