Three years has been passed but the fact behind the scene of BDR Mutiny in Bangladesh is yet to come to a successful conclusion. Undemocratic approach of politicians has always been a bar to resolve any issue. BDR mutiny is one of the darkest chapter in the history of Bangladesh. To ensure justice international community should help Bangladesh to find out the mastermind of the incident of mass killing; for sure it was to create an unstable situation in Bangladesh..
Pakistani Intelligence Behind the Mutiny Intelligence is uncovering that the original plan was to assassinate Sheikh Hasina and army chief Moeen U. Ahmed on February 24, but due to lack of coordination, the required ammunition couldn’t be smuggled into the Durbar area at the BDR headquarters where Hasina had gone a day before the mutiny. The plan was reportedly hatched at the behest of the ISI which is concerned with Hasina’s moderate outlook.
On February 25, a group of BDR junior commissioned officers, lined up the top brass of Bangladesh’s border guards and killed them. The brutality of the killing was shocking as the bodies of the officers and their families were dumped into manholes and mass graves. While some of the ringleaders of the coup and their accomplices have been arrested, over 1,000 BDR personnel have been charged by the Hasina Government.
Salauddin Chowdhury, a prominent shipping magnate, was a close associate of former premier Khaleda. A report claims “both Indian and some international intelligence agencies have received indisputable proof of the involvement of Chowdhury and he had intercepted a telephone call from Pakistan’s defence attaché in Dhaka, Sajaad, to a contact in the Pakistani consulate in Dubai. Another intercept revealed Rasool was in contact with Chowdhury.
In fact, on February 25 he knew the precise details about the plot unfolding inside the BDR headquarters in Pilkhana. At 12.30 pm, Rasool made a call to the ISI headquarters in Islamabad reporting that DG BDR Major-General Shakeel Ahmed had been killed. Its surprising that how the Pakistani defence attaché knew what was happening inside when even senior officers of the Bangladesh Army and the Government were in the dark. Other intercepts that confirm the involvement of the ISI, include a series of phone calls made by some key Jamaat-e- Islami (JeI) leaders to their ISI contacts in Dubai, London and Islamabad updating them on the operation!
According to the report, the BDR was used by the plotters because resentment has been brewing in the lower ranks. Besides, the aim was to ensure a takeover by pro-Pakistan elements in the Bangladesh Army. So smooth was the planning that no intelligence agency got a whiff of the plot. Chowdhury allegedly used a former DG of BDR, Major-General Fazlur Rehman, as a front-man to instigate the troops.
But the big question is why the ISI plotted to destabilize the Government. Sources say Pakistani intelligence fanned the conspiracy as it feared that many of its key assets could be tried for war crimes committed in 1971. The Hasina Government had moved a resolution in Parliament last month to punish criminals of the 1971 war. Sources say JEI leaders Amir Rahman Nizami and Ali Ahsan Mujahid, who are alleged war criminals, provided logistical support to the mutiny.
The ISI plotted to kill Hasina as Islamabad has been uneasy with the Hasina regime’s policies and it’s perceived proximity to India. In fact the crisis in Dhaka should be another reason why India and Bangladesh should work together closely, especially on security issues. Besides, India has to align with the international community to ensure the stability of Hasina’s regime which is pivotal for India’s security concerns.
Experts say that international community should use this opportunity to sensitize the world that Pakistan is the fulcrum of terrorism, and till its agencies, like the ISI, are neutralized, the world, beginning with our neighborhood, cannot be free of terrorism.