Tuesday, June 05, 2007

The caretaker chief, Fakhruddin Ahmed become unstable

A.H. JAFFOR ULLAH

The rigor of the job of chief advisor, which is equivalent to being the Prime Minister, is taking its toll on Fakhruddin Ahmed. The military is stage managing him from day one and he is faithfully obeying the dictum of his masters. Today, I found this piece in the media. Please read the news. The military has changed the game plan far too many times. Now they are backing Kamal Husein of Gono Forum to form a new political party. The military will be doing everything to destroy the leaderships of two main political parties. The BNP is already weakened because most of the powerful politicians belonging to this party are in jail. Khaleda Zia may also face graft charge. Her second son will soon be arrested on graft and corruption charge.

For Hasina it will be a complicated story. The military is trying to extract information out of Mr. Jalil, the General Secretary of AL. The military do not know that political parties need money to run their operations. In civilized world too political parties rely on business house for funds. If Awami League or any other party has solicited funds from business firms, then they have not committed a crime. If however Hasina or Khaleda siphoned off a part of the fund for their own use (personal use), then it becomes an issue. It remains to be seen if Hasina did just that.

In my judgment, the newly minted four-star General, Moeen, and his friends in the armed forces are working to destroy both Awami League (AL) and the BNP. The AL was never aligned with the cantonment gang; however, BNP was. For whatever reason, the military pulled their support for BNP, which led to the promulgation of the emergency rule. The military is now trying to balance their act. Since they came to conclusion that BNP cannot be supported, they also took the decision to destroy the AL. This is a dangerous move by the military.

The AL is a grassroots supported political party and it will be very difficult to efface this party from the face of Bangladesh. More are yet to come; therefore, fasten your seat belt. Bumpy rides await everyone in Bangladesh. #

Dr. A.H. Jaffor Ullah, a researcher and columnist, writes from New Orleans, USA