Despite huge financial investments, including the involvement of retired US diplomats, the efforts of Al Qaeda connected Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and its acting chairman, Tarique Rahman in getting multifaced US sanctions on Bangladesh have fallen flat. BNP’s attempts to influence the Biden administration in imposing economic sanctions on Bangladesh alongside sanctions under Global Magnitsky Act targeting a large number of Awami League leaders as well as civil-military officials ultimately fell short.
Following the victory of the Awami League in the national parliamentary election on January 7, securing their fourth consecutive term, US President Joe Biden has written a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on February 4. In the letter, President Biden assured collaboration on Indo-Pacific issues, indicating a commitment to working together despite the BNP’s unsuccessful endeavors.
In the letter, US President Joe Biden wrote:
As we embark on the next chapter of the US-Bangladesh partnership, I want to convey the sincere desire of my Administration to continue our work together on regional and global security, economic development, climate change and energy, global health, humanitarian support, especially for Rohingya refugees, and more. We have a long and successful history of working together to solve problems, and our strong people-to-people ties are the foundation of this relationship.
The United States is committed to supporting Bangladesh’s ambitious economic goals and partnering with Bangladesh on our shared vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific.
As local media published news about Joe Biden’s letter to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, a rattled Tarique Rahman immediately called his representatives in Washington expressing anger. Tarique Rahman reportedly said, for years Jon Danilowicz and Mushfiqul Fazal Ansarey have been taking large sum of cash by giving false information on possible actions of Biden administration against Awami League government. At this junction Mushfiqul did not hesitate in proclaiming that Biden’s letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina contacts “paragraphs” on January 7 election. As the letter has been made public by the US Embassy in Dhaka, Tarique Rahman and other senior leaders of BNP got heart attacks as the Biden administration has stopped extending favor to them anymore.
Commenting on President Biden’s letter to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, an analyst in Washington said, “finally, the Biden administration has realized that the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is a terrorist organization with connections with Al Qaeda while its acting chairman, Tarique Rahman is a convicted terrorist”.
According to the media reports Tarique Rahman has direct contacts with various terrorist organizations, including Al Qaeda for many years. Alongside Tarique Rahman, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is allied with Jamaat-e-Islam and a group of war criminals who opposed the Bangladesh’s war of independence in 1971. He has been running vile propaganda against Bangladesh through a band of cyberterrorists on various social media platforms including Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
Meanwhile, US President Joe Biden’s letter to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, there is signs of renegade within BNP, where a large segment of the leaders, including members of its Standing Committee are demanding removal of Tarique Rahman from the post of party’s acting chairman as they think – the party is on the verge of extinction due to series of disastrous decisions of Tarique and his confidantes.