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BNP plot to foil JS polls unearthed

Tarique’s direction to buy explosives from TTP

Published : 03 Dec 2023 05:01 PM | Updated : 03 Dec 2023 05:01 PM

Tarique Rahman, acting chairman of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP),allegedly directed his fellow men to contact Pakistan-based terror outfit Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to buy dozens of remote-controlled high-power explosives for disrupting the election through a series of terror acts, said media reports.

However, Bangladesh Post could not independently verify the issue.

TTP is an umbrella organization of various Islamist armed militant groups operating along the Afghan–Pakistan border.

According to a credible source based in Manila, at the directives of Tarique Rahman, on November 8, 2023, a senior leader of Bangladesh Nationalist Party contacted a TTP kingpin over Telegram apps and requested remote-controlled explosives for, what he said ‘unseating the un-Islamic government’ in Bangladesh, media reports claimed.

It is further learnt that the consignment of remote-controlled explosives may reach Bangladesh via Bangladesh-Myanmar border with active collaboration of Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), Weeky Blitz report reads.

The source further said, instead of sending remote-controlled explosives, TTP may send one of its bomb experts to Bangladesh and as per arrangement this bomb-maker would enter Bangladesh in the guise of a tourist via Nepal. It may be mentioned that while Al Qaeda succeeded in establishing secret bases within mountainous areas in Nepal, TTP also succeeded in establishing it’s minor but clandestine base in the country. Such groups of TTP comprise 5-7 members. These Nepal-based TTP groups are mainly looking after financial matters, while it also is alleged that TTP is generating funds through participating in transnational drug trafficking rackets by forming affiliations with Afghan drug-lords as well as narco-cartels in South America.

Counterterrorism experts said, the UN Sanctions Committee on Al Qaeda and ISIL’s recent report has pointed to the possibility of a merger between TTP and Al Qaeda in the Indian Sub-continent (AQIS). Subsequent reporting in some sections of Pakistan’s mainstream media has interpreted this as an attempt by TTP to merge into Al Qaeda. According to the report, the purpose of the merger is to create an umbrella organization where various South Asian militant groups can have shelter, or even cooperate, to avoid the Taliban’s efforts to control them and maintain plausible deniability in the event of attacks.

According to source, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan also is involved in Amphetamine trade by establishing connections with Myanmar-based drug-manufacturing rackets.

It may be mentioned that while since 2006, BNP’s leader Tarique Rahman has been actively involved in drug trafficking by joining FBI wanted terror don Dawood Ibrahim’s infamous D-Company, where he has been mainly sending consignments of heroin and cocaine into Western countries, including the United Kingdom, since Tarique Rahman left Bangladesh in 2007 and subsequently landed in London and sought political asylum, he has been gradually expanding his “narco-jihad” and has added amphetamine in the list of drugs which began flooding the UK and other European nations since 2010.

It may also be mentioned here that, drug traffickers consider sending drugs to Western nations and term narco-jihad as using “haram money for halal cause”. While a Pakistani journalist named Ahmed Rashid published an interview with an Afghan official where the latter asserted: “It is a part of our noble responsibility to spoil the Western society with drugs. Opium is permissible because it is consumed by Kaffirs (unbelievers) in the West and not by Muslims or Afghans”, ultra-Islamist BNP’s leader Tarique Rahman must also be thinking in the same line while he continues narco-trade with the nefarious goal of making tons of cash and simultaneously damaging the Western societies.

According to source, on getting remote-controlled explosives, BNP shall start targeting election campaign rallies, residences of the candidates, offices of Awami League and its alliance partners, including Jatiya Party as well as the Election Commission, which may begin immediately after the Victory Day of Bangladesh.