Young leaders are playing a vital role in building relations with foreign countries, especially China and European Union
BNP has brought significant changes in the diplomatic wing by engaging youths in one of the key departments of the party. A team of young leaders along with the senior and experienced figures are now working for boosting relation with foreign countries.
The party’s acting chairperson, Tarique Rahman, is leading the youth team from London while Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir is coordinating and supervising their work.
According to sources at the diplomatic wing, these youths revived the diplomatic wing at a time when the senior leaders are not quite active and party Chief Khaleda Zia is behind bars in a corruption case.
Among the young leaders are International Secretary Nawshad Jamir and Organizing Secretary Shama Obaed. Central Executive Committee Member Tabith Awal and Mir Helal are also expected to be on board soon.
These young leaders are playing a vital role in building relation with foreign countries, especially China and European Union, sources said.
BNP Standing Committee Member Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury is looking after relation with India while BNP Chairperson’s Advisory Council Member Enamul Haque Chowdhury has been assigned with the Middle East, but currently he is not quite active.
Among other senior leaders who are active in the wing include former state minister for foreign affairs Reaz Rahman, Vice Chairman Enam Ahmed Chowdhury, the Chairperson’s Adviser Sabih Uddin Ahmed and former ambassador Sirajul Islam. Besides, Jahangirnagar University Professor Dilara Chowdhury is also working as a member of the diplomatic wing.
BNP Standing Committee Member and former army chief, Mahbubur Rahman, and Khandker Mosharraf Hossain have been working for maintaining relation with China for long. Mahbubur Rahman is not regular for illness while Mosharraf Hossain has to take care of many issues in the absence of the party chief, which is why he does not have enough time to work on China affairs.
Another Standing Committee Member Abdul Moyeen Khan is an active member of the diplomatic wing. But he kept himself out of the activities since 2015. But sometimes he takes part in the meetings with foreign delegates.
Vice chairmen Osman Faruk and ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon, who are currently living in the US, are not active at all in the wing.
Journalist Mushfik Fazal Ansari works in the UN for the party. Vice Chairman Abdul Awal Mintoo and his son Tabith Awal attend the meetings of the diplomatic wing.
According to diplomatic wing sources, BNP’s relation with the US developed during the movement and blockade announced by BNP-led 20-party alliance in 2015. During the period, BNP leaders, including Sabih Uddin and Reaz Rahman, came under attack.
BNP-backed veteran journalist Shafik Rehman fled home to avoid arrest. Another BNP leader Shamser Mobin Chowdhury was arrested and stayed behind bars for six months. The party’s diplomatic wing was shaken following the attacks on four senior leaders during the period.
These four leaders worked for building up relation with North American countries including the US.
Shamser Mobin retired from politics after being released from jail.
A major part of youths joined the diplomatic wing before the BNP’s sixth council in 2016.
During the council those who were given charge of international affairs include ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon, Muhidur Rahman, Barrister Nasir Uddin Ahmed Asim, Barrister Nawshad Jamir and Masud Ahmed Talukder.
Among international deputy secretaries are Humayun Kabir, Nazrul Islam Azad, Anwar Hossain Khan, Advocate Fahima Nasrin Munni, Barrister Rumeen Farhana, Baby Naznin and Shakirul Islam Shakil.
The newly formed international wing became active in home and abroad after the sixth council. The wing sent letters to international organizations about numerous issues of Bangladesh including democracy, judicial system, human rights, state of law and order and elections. Foreign diplomats stationed in Dhaka are also briefed on a regular basis about the latest situation of the country.
An official of BNP chairperson’s office said: “The diplomatic wing is quite weak in handling global politics. But still it survives. After BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia’s arrest the wing is literally feeling the lack of a guardian.
“The wing is regularly briefing the envoys in Dhaka and international organizations on the overall situation of the country.”
On success and failure of these activities, BNP International Secretary Nawshad Jamir said: “We are not concerned about success or failure. These activities are making BNP’s position clear ahead of the upcoming national polls. The foreigners are made aware about what the Awami League-led government is doing in Bangladesh.”
Another member of the diplomatic wing said: “By briefing the foreigners, we are trying to make them aware about the situation. If any situation occurs in the future they have the idea on why the situation occurred.”
BNP Vice Chairman Enam Ahmed Chowdhury said: “I work for the diplomatic wing. Many other leaders are also working here. The matter of success and failure is not significant here.
“BNP is a democratic political party. We brief the foreigners. They have sufficient knowledge about us.”
This article was first published on banglatribune.com