Air Cdre (Retd) Ishfaq Ilahi Choudhury, Security Analyst Unity Can Stop the Militant Upsurge
Interviewed by: Ashiq Rahman
Written by: Fabia Shahzadi
In order to stop the upsurge caused by the militant group, the government, police and civilians need to work in political unity. Without a minimum platform of cooperation, it will be difficult to cease the mobility and agility of the militants- Said the security analyst, air commodore (retd) Ishfaq Ilahi Chowdhury in an interview at Daily Amader Orthoneeti.
He said BNP and Awami League should together come to a common ground to combat this political turmoil. If both the political parties can take a unified decision then the future attacks of the militants can be stopped.
He further said since Awami league is in power so they should be more concerned to figure out the solution to militant induces problems. If BNP comes to power then they should have to do the same. The attacks of the militant groups work against any political party. However, too much involvement with the militants might have suicidal outcome for them.
Ilahi Choudhury said it will be difficult for the militants to gain success in the current situation of Bangladesh. We have a strong economic foundation and our social index is high. The militant groups will try to create problems in the country but it will be difficult for them to take hold of the power.
To a question he answered, the main aim of the militant group is to establish their religion, Islam over the world. Bangladesh, Pakistan, Saudia Arabia, Turkey; they plan to take control over it all. However, it is not possible on Bangladesh. Although the militants are not associated with international terror groups but they do follow some of their traits.
To a different question he replied, the ones being arrested in the combing operation are from the grass root level. But if we fail to arrest the people involved with providing money, training to the miscreants then this barbarism will never come to a halt.
He believes the police and civilians have to unify to work out this complication. Campaigns, rallies, meetings, protests; everything needs to be formed to address this issue on a more serious level. In the meantime, the arrested individuals and the people associated with these militants should be given exemplary punishment. They should be brought to light and information needs to be extracted from these people. General people need to know the activities of the militants’ are heinous crimes and have conflicting subjects with Islam. Ilahi Choudhury urges the civilians not to be manipulated by the words of the militants and work with the government to help find justice for these occurrences.