- Posted December 12, 2013 by
Hanging Kader Molla: Bangladesh government’s motive in question
Kader Molla’s execution came at a time when the government of Bangladesh is under extreme pressure in the face of month long violent movement by all major opposition parties demanding a free and fair national election due this January. Parliamentary election set to take place in less than a month already boycotted by all three major opposition parties is a challenge for the government not only because this seemingly one party election would not get acceptance to the people of the country but also because of its questionable credibility to the international community. United States, European Union, UN all raised their concern and warned present government against any plan to stage a one party election.
It is still not clear to the general public why government would rush the execution of Kader Molla despite repeated request from international bodies to halt the execution and give Mr. Molla a chance to file a review petition. Amidst violent anti government movement at a time when Capital Dhaka is virtually separated from rest of the country with little or no administration remains in most part of the country why government would execute a top opposition leader raises question regarding government’s motive in tackling anti government protest.
War crime trial that started few years back targeted top leaders of Jamaat Islami, one time ally of present government, has been extremely controversial and accused of politically biased to punish and break Jamaat Islami’s alliance with the main opposition party BNP. Other than neighboring India almost all other countries including United States, United Kingdom, Canada, China, Japan on top of almost all domestic and international humanitarian organizations raised their voice against politically motivated process of the trial and repeatedly urged Bangladesh government to ensure transparency in the process.
Few weeks from the national election when the government is facing rock bottom support from the public, provoking Jamaat Islami by executing one of their top leader cast doubts in peoples mind that government is purposely provoking Jamaat Islami to go more violent. Any move by jamaat Islami to take fire arms in their hand would give the government some edge to label Jamaat to the international community as some sort of Islamic extremist. Not letting the country fall in the hand of Islamic extremists is the easiest tool to use when it comes to kill a movement that has some touch with any form of Islamic organization. Bangladeshi public now doubts its government of using this tool as its last resort to stay in power.