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Security personnel controlling the protesters of radical organizations in Dhaka.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Bangladesh at the end of March, the mood should have been pleasant. But thousands of people took to the streets in protest against Modi on the appeal of the radical organization Hifazat-e-Islam. During this time 13 people died in a clash with the police. Since then, the government has been tough on radical organizations. Many of their top leaders have been put in jail.
This strictness symbolizes a change in the strategy of the ruling party Awami League. But it did not happen suddenly. The last decade has been spent in explaining such organizations. These changes began in 2009 after Sheikh Hasina Wajed became the PM for the second time. He put the veteran leaders of the Jamaat-e-Islami who had supported Pakistan in the 1971 war. The government gave a message to the radicals who were opposed to this, that we are not against Islam, but against the Jamaat.
In 2015, many bloggers were murdered as atheists. Illinois University Prof. Ali Riyaz says, “The government did nothing before Hifazat was perceived. But now the radicals are saying that Sheikh Hasina is very powerful. This is the reason why Junaid Baboonagari, the head of the defense that once shook the government, is requesting the release of his comrades, instead of opposing the arrest.
Anti-women’s rights teachers formed organization
The story of the formation of Hifazat-e-Islam is no less interesting. It was formed in 2010 by a group of teachers in Chattogram (formerly Chittagong). Reason – Inheritance and rights given to women. If the radicals did not like this decision, the alleged educated teachers had come out in protest. Prior to this, the work of promoting Islam in politics was largely in the hands of religious parties like Jamaat-e-Islami and its mainstream ally Bangladesh Nationalist Party.
Pak: Raising funds for Taliban, recruitment intensified
Islamabad There were already fears around the world that after the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, Pakistan’s interference and terrorism there would increase. It has started to happen. Raising donations and recruiting terrorists for the Taliban in Pakistan has intensified. According to a report by Deutsche Wale, experts have warned that the escalating violence in Afghanistan may bring it back to the state of 1990, when the Taliban ruled and thousands of Pakistani terrorists joined it.
Although Pakistan has banned the Afghan Taliban, many radical groups and religious leaders seem to be supporting the Taliban. Mohammad Sarfaraz Khan, former director of the Area Study Center at the University of Peshawar, says, “These people are also raising money through appeals on social media and are asking more and more youth to join the Taliban.” Despite all this, Imran Khan’s government is sitting silently.
Conflict in Afghanistan has increased dramatically since the US and its allies began withdrawing troops on 1 May. By September 11, American troops will be fully back from there. As this deadline is approaching, terrorist groups have started trying to capture more and more area. According to Tolo News, Afghan security forces are currently fighting the Taliban in more than 100 areas. In just 5 months of this year, the Taliban have carried out more than 3,500 attacks on them.
Emphasis on religious studies in new policy, controversy increased
There is going to be a big change in the education system of Pakistan. Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering implementing a uniform education system across the country. The government plans to mandate the translation of Quran, Namaz and Hadith learning in schools. The first phase will include children up to 5th grade. Hafiz and Kari will also be appointed to teach new subjects. This decision is getting a lot of criticism in Pakistan. People say that the new education system will promote the domination and communalism of the clerics. Religious materials will be more in schools than in madrasas.
People reached the court against the decision of the Imran government
As human rights activist Peter Jacob pointed out, the compulsory subjects are religious in nature. It is against the constitution. Unemployment will also increase. Many people have challenged the new policy in court.