Jessore Bangladesh Events
Islamist militancy in Bangladesh is showing new signs of life, and Bangladesh's Interior Ministry recently drew up a list of 12 terrorist organizations currently active in the country. Since the state of emergency was declared in January 2007, security agencies have found that many banned terrorist groups are trying to regroup and reorganize while remaining in the background, especially in northwest and southwest Bangladesh.
In June 2008, reports quickly emerged of the arrest of IOM leader Abdur Rahim in connection with the killing of two policemen in Dhaka. During his interrogation and that of other suspects, it emerged that Iom had formed a new group, the Islamic Movement of Bangladesh (IMB), to rule northwest Bangladesh. The new outfit was introduced to the growing Islamist landscape by former IS leader Rahman al-Muhajir and his son Abul Kalam.
In 1906, Muslim leaders of India gathered in Dhaka under the patronage of Nawab Salimullah and founded the All India Muslim League. However, they largely supported partition, and during operations against the Bengali faction, some of them were recruited by the Islamic Movement of Bangladesh (IMB), including Abdur Rahim and his son Abul Kalam, as well as other members of the party.
In 1971, Fazl ul-Haq proposed the so-called Pakistan Resolution, calling for an independent state for Muslims, but Mountbatten was not in favor of the idea, and Mahatma Gandhi's Congress party opposed it. The Urdu-speaking community, which moved to East Pakistan from various parts of India during the partition and was considered pro-West Pakistan, rose up against the Bengali faction, which led to attacks on the Bihari community. As violence escalated in the summer, large flows of refugees poured into Bangladesh, with New Delhi using it as Indian territory and intervening militarily in early December 1971. Muslim leaders of Bangladesh, such as Abdur Rahim and Abul Kalam, advocated the formation of a united Bengal, though no plan was formulated.
Islam Sumon told interrogators that the RSO had trained various Islamist militants in Bangladesh since the 1980s and that he and other JMB operatives had been trained by R SOO weapons experts in camps near the border with Myanmar. Islamic State also revealed that many of the J MB members had fled to Pakistan to undergo military training and fight for one militant group or another active in Pakistan. Following a series of arrests, it has been claimed that IOM's attempts to expand its activities have been thwarted, with many of its leading leaders arrested in an intensified crackdown on terrorist infrastructure in and around Bangladesh.
Although the 1971 war led to Bangladesh's independence, the countries involved in the conflict have institutionalized different memories of that year's events. To this day, Pakistan's narrative refers to Indian-influenced Hindu teachers manipulating students and stoking secessionist sentiment in East Pakistan. Pakistanis awkwardly recall what was celebrated as Bangladesh's liberation from Bangladesh. But 1971 remains poignant not only for the Bangladeshis but for us outside the country.
In 2013, BMD registered a series of earthquakes with magnitudes between 3.3 and 5.9. This is the second and, according to the World Meteorological Organization, the third largest earthquake in Bangladesh's history and the third largest in the country since 1971.
Rescue efforts were launched and 1135 people were killed, more than 2,500 people were injured. Nevertheless, the voluntary work in rescuing the victims of the disaster has brought legendary successes to Bangladesh in managing and combating disasters. However, adequate medical facilities for the victims of the earthquake and its consequences were lacking. The only hospital to specialise in treating burns was Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DCHH), which had only one eight-bed burn unit.
There were seven commercial flights daily, including two daily flights from Dhaka to New Delhi and one daily flight from New York. This happened after Pakistan began its military operations in eastern Pakistan, which drove many Bengalis across the border. While India accused Pakistan of fomenting terrorism in Kashmir and dismissed genuine Kashmiri grievances as Indian-sponsored terrorism, Pakistan put up a plaque calling the Bengali independence movement "sponsored by Pakistan."
After India received the approval of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, whose presence was central to the fledgling nation of Bangladesh, India was set to declare East Pakistan a free nation. Following extensive investigations, Bangladesh police have now confirmed that at least four of the suspects arrested in Dhaka on 17, 18 and 20 July were IOM members. Obaidullah, who is originally from West Bengal, India, is said to have told police he was responsible for organising jihad in Bangladesh in collaboration with HuJi and J MB activists. He had close ties to Abdur Rahim, a member of Jamaat-e-Islami, who was arrested by police on July 17.
In August of the same year, an intense conflict broke out in Calcutta between Muslims and Hindus, which eventually spread far beyond the borders of Bengal.