Bangladesh war ‘tribunal’

Karwan Bazar, one of the most important busine...
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
Jeddah
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