Monday, July 29, 2013
|Karwan Bazar, one of the most important business centres in Dhaka|
ACCORDING to media reports, Bangladesh’s special 1971 war investigation tribunal sentenced to life another Jamaat-i-Islami activist, Ghulam Azam. He is 90 years old and can’t walk.
The Jamaat-i-Islami’s third activist received the sentence after the formation of war investigation tribunal set up by Sheikh Hasina’s government.
Now due to political unrest and continuous strikes, the country’s poor are paying a high price.
Now public protest and strikes are becoming a daily routine in the country. More than half a million people gathered on streets of the capital city of Dhaka and showed their anger against the government.
The use of force by security forces has led to the death of hundreds of protesters. Things have worsened and the agitation is spreading outside Dhaka. Several videos are circulating on social media showing heavily armed police targeting unarmed protestors. Human rights organisations claim that the death toll is much higher because security forces use live ammunition against unarmed protestors.
Opposition parties claim that the government is trying to divert the attention of the people from real issues. Only last month more than 1,000 people lost their lives when a garment factory collapsed during working hours.
In another incident 10 people lost their lives due to fire in another garment factory.
Now the European Union show serious concerns over poor safety standard of Bangladeshi textile industry which is the backbone of the country’s economy.
KHAWAJA UMER FAROOQ
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Things are going from bad to worse in Egypt as reconciliation efforts have given way to use of force and violence in the country. The number of people being killed in clashes is rising every day.
Attacks against armed forces in the Sinai area are becoming regular after the Mursi government’s ouster. The tourism industry is in the doldrums.
I wish the Egyptian army will learn from Pakistan’s lesson and take adequate measures to prevent the situation deteriorating further as in the South Asian country.
The army has been fighting an unfinished battle for the last several years in Pakistan because of rival political parties’ abject failure to control the situation. Thousands of lives have been lost in the ensuing violence in Pakistan. The precarious security situation has hit Pakistan’s economic growth hard. Foreign investment has almost dried up. These are good and valid lessons for the Egyptian military.
Negotiations and dialogue may take time to solve disputes but they are better than resorting to force whose apparent gains will be temporary, if at all. The military must realise that violence begets violence.
Egypt must urgently minimise the army’s role in politics and launch genuine peace efforts and reconciliation between rival parties and groups. Only then, things can start getting better.
Khawaja Umer Farooq,