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Pakistani ISI’s manipulation of Bangladesh’s elections uncovered

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Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is an internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-militancy journalist, writer, research scholar, and counterterrorism specialist. He regularly writes for local and international newspapers.

Recent revelations indicate that the Inter Service Intelligence (ISI), Pakistan’s spy agency, is actively involved in manipulating the upcoming general elections in Bangladesh to support the jihadist Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh (JIB) in forming the next government.

Counterterrorism organizations and individuals have long identified Jamaat e Islami as a terrorist organization with global networks, including in Western countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, and Canada. Notably, Ashrafuzzaman Khan, a war criminal associated with JIB, fled to the US and helped establish and lead the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), an American Jamaat-e-Islami organization.

According to Gatestone Institute, Pakistan is a state sponsor of jihad terror itself, yet is now claiming that it is Bangladesh and India that have the terrorist problem.

Surprisingly, despite being a state sponsor of jihad terror, Pakistan is attempting to shift the narrative, now claiming that Bangladesh and India are the ones with a terrorist problem. Abdullah Khan, Managing Director of Pakistan Institute for Conflict and Security Studies, previously accused Bangladesh and India of engaging in “state-sponsored terrorism”, claiming that their actions are provoking the Islamic State and endangering Muslim communities.

Further, a Pakistani research group has been falsely portraying radical Islamic militancy groups, including Ansarullah Bangla Team (ABT), Ansar Al Islam (AAI), Jamaatul Mujahedin Bangladesh (JMB), and the student front of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh (JIB), as “Muslim groups” in an attempt to mislead global and Western counterterrorism bodies.

Amid these disturbing developments, Representative William R. Keating submitted a resolution in Congress, urging the US government to promote free, fair, transparent, and credible elections in Bangladesh.

The upcoming general election in Bangladesh is crucial, as it is viewed as a showdown between the secularist Awami League and the radical Islamist Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) along with its ideological ally, Jamaat e Islami Bangladesh (JIB). ISI has intensified its efforts to ensure victory for its long-standing ally, JIB, and BNP, hoping to see an anti-Indian political force rise to power in Bangladesh.

The desperation of Pakistani ISI is evident in its recent activities. They have been actively engaging with BNP’s fugitive leader, Tarique Rahman, who is also a convicted terrorist, holding meetings in London to promise support in their pursuit of an anti-India government. Furthermore, ISI is leveraging its contacts in the US Capitol, including the US Senate and Congress, to garner support for BNP’s cause.

An incriminating leaked telephonic conversation between a prominent BNP leader and an ISI official based in Dubai further confirms their intentions. The BNP leader was heard requesting ISI’s assistance in managing China’s favor for his party ahead of the election.

Here is the full transcript:

BNP leader: Hello Assalamualaikum brother!

Mehmood: Assalamualaikum brother. How are you?

BNP leader: Fine, Thank you.

Mehmood: I am really pleased to hear you after a long time…

BNP leader: Yeah! Yeah! You remember we met last time in Islamabad? Hotel…

Mehmood: Yes… yes!

BNP leader: And… you know that with whom you visited me?

Mehmood: Yes… yes!

BNP leader: How are you? Where are you now?

Mehmood: I am Alhamdulillah fine and I am here at Dubai now. So…I think… we can… sometimes… whenever you are available… whenever you manage… we can… you need to meet me first! If it is possible for you.

BNP leader: Yes… Can I explain? You know that… we are really now in crisis. I have several cases. And with the excuse of one case… my Passport is seized. I can’t go out of the country. This is my position.
Mehmood: I think… once you met one of our office holders there also. Am I right?

BNP leader: Yes…yes. I met your man here.

Mehmood: Yeah… It’s Okay. But it is necessary… if you manage to come one day…

BNP leader: Yeah… I would love to do that… and I know that if I could come, it would be more fruitful! But what I want to tell you i this opportunity is that… from your side, you can try to help us. We are in crisis. You know everything.

Mehmood: Yes…

BNP leader: You know everything I think…

Mehmood: Sure! That’s why… that’s why… I said… you are our only friend there now. We wanted to discuss all this with you…

BNP leader: Yes… I want to be… and I am still what you think! But practical connection… communication is impossible for me to come out! I know that it would be fruitful… but what I want to mean that… I will meet your man here… you can get the message. But now what I like to request you that, from your side…if you can cooperate with China. Then in Bangladesh it will be useful before the election.

Mehmood: Yes, absolutely! That is already on the table. And it is being done. That’s why, we wanted to do….as a representative whenever it is possible to visit the places it would have been better. Because, in person…you would have talked to them also. But now as you are saying that…it is not possible for you…

BNP leader: Personally if you want from your this office….if you want any alternative person…I can arrange. But for me…it is not possible.

Mehmood: Okay…okay! I understood your point. And along with this…keep trying… may be one… sometime…if it is possible for you to come over for some reasons…may be on medical reason… or may be on Umrah etc. So we can arrange meeting with you there. But meanwhile…we will try to contact you through somebody there at our office. Is it okay?

BNP leader: Yes. If you can assign somebody from your office here, I can try and different time I can communicate to you or your side.

Mehmood: Yeah…sometimes…we will continue to each other. I got your point what you have told me. I will definitely convey this to my boss, and he will work on this. And I will apprise you about it. And at the same time…we will see how to remain in communication from your place. And continue finding the possibility outside also…right.

BNP leader: Thank you very much…Thank you!

Mehmood: Thank you very much…and very kind! And kindly remain in touch! Because, it is crucial time for all of us. And we have to cooperate; and move forward for our aim to achieve In Sha Allah!

BNP leader: Yes! What we also think very seriously…that we need to cooperate each other. We are in crisis, we need help!

Mehmood: Yes… yes! We understand that. Is is already on the table…and that’s why we said…we thought…why not to…sometime finding the possibility to meet you? But as you suspect it is not possible…it is little difficult. So we will find out how to communicate with you. And at the same time continue our effort, to meet you sometime…somewhere. Okay?

BNP leader: Okay…Thank you! I will also try. I’ll keep trying to get my Passport back, so that we can arrange that.

Mehmood: Yes…

BNP leader: And I can communicate with your man here.

Mehmood: Okay…I’ll you know about this option also…communicating with the man there. And at the same time…we’ll remain in communication In Sha Allah!

BNP leader: Yes…I want to add contact with you. And you can consider me as your old friend.

Mehmood: Yes…yes! That’s why you know…I have made an effort to contact you…!

BNP leader: Thank you very much for your cooperation! And I know that you did not forget us! That’s why you have tried your best to communicate with me.

Mehmood: Yes…Yes…

BNP leader: I will be in communication with you. Through our friend, we will be in contact.

Mehmood: In Sha Allah…And regards to you and your family

BNP leader: Thank you very much…Allah hafez!
Mehmood: Allah hafez! Asssalamualaikum!

In light of these alarming revelations, international scrutiny on the Bangladeshi election has intensified. Many are calling on the United States, a longstanding friend of Bangladesh, to effectively aid Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in preventing the country from falling into the grips of radical Islamists and safeguarding its democratic values from a potential Sharia nation or Caliphate.

As Bangladesh prepares for the upcoming general election, it is crucial for the international community to closely monitor the situation and ensure that the democratic process remains free, fair, and transparent, free from foreign interference and manipulation.

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Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is an internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-militancy journalist, writer, research scholar, and counterterrorism specialist. He regularly writes for local and international newspapers.
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