Bangladesh Social Activist Forum hit out at Pakistan-Taliban nexus

The Bangladesh Social Activist Forum (BSAF) has hit out at the nexus between Pakistan and Taliban by calling it a threat to regional peace and development at an event in Dhaka on Saturday.

Political, social and religious leaders along with former diplomats and academics gathered together at Dhaka Press Club to discuss the emerging security situation after the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.

Those who participated in the discussion included Sheikh Shahidul Islam, Secretary-General, Jatiya Party (JP), Professor Syed Anwar Hossain, Former Director-General Bangla Academy. Allama Sheikh Khandaker Golam Maula Nakshebandi, one of the members of the advisory council Bangladesh Awami League and Mushtaq Ahmed, Former UN Political Officer Afghanistan.

For Bangladesh, August is a month of mourning and a grim reminder of the looming threat of Pakistan sponsored radical Islamist terror.

On August 15, 1975, a military coup led to the assassination of Bangladesh's founding father, "Bangabandhu" Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, along with much of his family. The military rulers who took over and ruled Bangladesh for the next 15 years legitimized the pro-Pakistan introduced elements.

On August 21, 2004, Mujibur's daughter, Sheikh Hasina, then opposition leader and now prime minister, barely survived a grenade attack on her rally. The attack left 24 Awami Leaguers dead and more than 500 injured. One of Hasina's bodyguards, Mahbubur Rashid, was killed.

The 1975 coup was led by disgruntled junior army officers, but the 2004 grenade attack was carried out by Islamist Harkat ul-Jihad al-Islami (HUJI) militants.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in power since 2009, has ruled Bangladesh with a "zero tolerance to terror" policy, particularly following the 2016 terror strike on an upscale Dhaka restaurant that left 23, including 18 foreigners, dead.