- Foreign Affairs
- November 18, 2017
“I am leaving my land of birth, my motherland. I don’t know if I will feel the same peace on the other side as I felt here. I don’t know if I will ever come back. Perhaps this is goodbye forever.”
The tear-soaked words above were of Ukil Chandra Barman, who left Bangladesh – perhaps to never return – with his family to move to India, as part of the Land Boundary Agreement between the two countries.
Bangladesh has formally protested remarks made by the spokesperson of the Pakistan Foreign Ministry concerning the execution of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Muhammad Mujahid, both convicted of crimes against humanity and genocide in Bangladesh.
The High Commissioner of Pakistan to Bangladesh Shuja Alam was summoned to the Foreign Ministry on Monday where Acting Foreign Secretary Mizanur Rahman handed him the note verbale.
This is not the first time that Pakistan has commented on the work of Bangladeshi courts.
Described by the government as a case of “brazen interference,” the Pakistan Foreign Office statement criticising the hanging of convicted war criminals has drawn sharp protests from the government and the public alike.
The leader of Jamaat-e-Islam Pakistan joined in commenting on the executions, lamenting the loss of a “true friend of Pakistan.”
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam said the statement issued by Islamabad was significant. “We are frustrated but not surprised that Pakistan issued the statement.”
Dhaka needs higher investment to develop infrastructures for tackling water-logging in future as the changing pattern of climate indicates that it will face more erratic rainfall in coming days, a world Bank study has said.
“Climate and Disaster Resilience of Greater Dhaka Area: A Micro Level Analysis” also says that the city will need Tk2.7bn investment in storm-water drainage pumps, drainage pipe clearing and other measures to reduce water-logging in every ward within 12 hours.
The Supreme Court Appellate Division yesterday continued hearing on the appeal of Jamaat-e-Islami chief Matiur Rahman Nizami that challenged the death sentence awarded to him by the International Crimes Tribunal for war crimes.
At the end of yesterday’s proceedings, the apex court adjourned hearing until today.
On the fourth day, Nizami’s lawyer SM Shahjahan read out the witness accounts from the paper book for three hours. Attorney General Mahbubey Alam and his deputy Ekramul Haque Tutul were present on behalf of the state.
Nur Hossain, the prime accused in Narayanganj seven-murder case, appeared in a district court, which heard an extortion case against him yesterday.
From Kashimpur jail in Gazipur, he was taken to the court of Narayanganj Judicial Magistrate Saiduzzaman Sharif in the morning amid tight security.
Narayanganj court police Inspector Habibur Rahman said Nur had been chargesheeted in the extortion case filed with Siddhirganj police station by Akram Hossain, a local trader.
“Nur was taken back to prison after the hearing ended,” he added.
A Dhaka court yesterday issued warrant for the arrest of 21 opposition leaders and activists including BNP Joint Secretary General Barkatullah Bulu in a case filed under special power act.
Metropolitan Session Judge Md Kamrul Hossain Molla issued the arrest warrants after accepting the charges labeled them.
The court issued the arrest warrant as they did not appear before the court during yesterday’s hearing on the case filed with the Airport police station.
The government has allocated Tk1.6 crore to have Noor Chowdhury, one of Bangabandhu’s killers, extradited to Bangladesh to serve his death sentence.
Canadian authorities, citing Canadian legal limitations, have repeatedly declined to extradite Noor, official sources said.
In 2009, the Supreme Court upheld a High Court verdict that handed down the death sentence to 12 people, including Noor Chowdhury, for the murder of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family on August 15, 1975.
The Supreme Court yesterday upheld the High Court order that had stayed a move to transfer a case filed against an army officer allegedly for torturing his wife to a military court from a special tribunal.
The court also upheld the HC decision to stay the proceedings of the case filed against army major Nazir Uddin.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha passed the order yesterday, disposing the leave-to-appeal plea filed by the prosecution.
The High Court yesterday asked the government to explain why the final result of the 34th BCS examination will not be declared illegal.
The High Court bench of Justice Naima Haider and Justice Mostafa Jaman Islam asked the chairman of the Public Service Commission, its member, examination controller, education secretary, law secretary, public administration and three other defendants to came up with the answer to the rule within four weeks.
Religious Affairs Minister Matiur Rahman yesterday told parliament that Saudi Arabia authorities were yet to take any initiative to compensate family members of the deceased and injured Hajj pilgrims.
Replying to a query, the minister said one Bangladeshi was killed in crane accident in Saudi Arabia while 144 Bangladeshi nationals were killed in Mina stampede.
“Saudi authorities announced to compensate only the members of deceased and injured hajjis of crane accident but did not take any initiative in this regard.”
A member of Islami Chhatra Shibir died after he was beaten allegedly by Chhatra League activists in Jessore yesterday.
Habibullah, son of Dr Niamat Ali of Sharsha upazila’s Noihati village, was a third-year student of economics at Michael Madhusudan College.
Two other Chhatra Shibir members – Kamrul Hasan and Mamun – were also beaten at the same time and were sent to hospital.
On November 19, when Junaid Ahmed Palak, Bangladesh’s State Minister for Information and Communication Technology, posted a picture on his official Facebook profile from an event in Dhaka, it became official (in an ironic way) that nobody cares about the government ban on Facebook, other social media or messaging apps.
CounterFoto’s photography department has arranged a six-day programme to celebrate its third anniversary.
The celebration began on November 21 and will continue until November 26.
Photography Principal Saiful Huq Omi issued a press release in this regard.
The event kicked off by unveiling a wall painting by Shishir Bhattacharjee at the school's Mirpur campus in East Shewrapara, Dhaka.
The bowler was ready, with the batsman prepared to face his stride. What are you thinking? No it’s not a cricket match. It was the pre-rehearsed game session of A Different Romeo and Juliet, which is a unique stage production of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet featuring young artists with disabilities.
The British Council in Bangladesh in collaboration with the UK’s Graeae Theatre Company and Dhaka Theatre, has organised the production which is set to be staged in March next year.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the nation had started getting rid of the stigma of impunity through the completion of trial and execution of war criminals.
The premier criticised former president Ziaur Rahman, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and Jatiya Party chief HM Ershad for rehabilitating those involved in war crimes in 1971, killings of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the national leaders in jail.
Three years have passed since a devastating fire at the Tazreen garments factory near Dhaka killed 112 workers, mostly women, but justice and compensation have remained illusive.
The trial of 13 people held responsible for the deadly inferno could not be started because prosecutors have failed to produce the witnesses.
Investigators submitted charge sheet two years ago, but as most of the 13 accused remained fugitive, the court was able to frame charges just two months ago after finally managing to arrest 10.
Bangladesh has officially protested the remarks of the spokesperson of Pakistan Foreign Ministry on the executions of Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid.
High Commissioner of Pakistan to Bangladesh Shuja Alam was summoned yesterday and acting foreign secretary Mizanur Rahman handed over a note verbale to him.
State Minister for Foreign Affairs Shahriar Alam said the statement issued by Islamabad was politically significant as it is the view of the Pakistan government.
A decade long Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) probe has cleared Cox’s Bazar 4 lawmaker Abdur Rahman Bodi of graft allegedly committed during his tenure as mayor of Teknaf municipality from 2001 to 2005.
A letter signed by ACC Secretary Abu Md Mustafa Kamal clearing Bodi’s name was sent out to related authorities, a commission source said.
The anti-graft body began its graft inquiry against Bodi in 2004.
The Cabinet yesterday approved the draft of Bangladesh Biodiversity Bill 2015 keeping the provision of maximum five years imprisonment and Tk10 lakh fine or both for violation of the law.
The approval was given in the weekly cabinet meeting held at the Secretariat with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam said: “The law would play a significant role in preserving the country’s biodiversity if all the concerned stakeholders discharge their duties properly.”