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In Pakistan, there’s no answer to terror

Pakistan’s government and military alike are silent on who is promoting the murder of Shias in Baluchistan Kamila Shamsie On Monday, in Karachi, I stayed at home while protesters took to the streets in an attempt to rouse Pakistan into action against the continuing extermination of Shia Muslims. On Saturday in Quetta a bomb had […]

Zaglul Ahmed Chowdhury Indian external affairs minister Salman Kurshid has just wrapped up a two-day visit to Bangladesh – his first in the present capacity since he took over the key portfolio a few months ago. He has been catapulted to the present position from another important ministry – law – following the exit of […]

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By Julien Bouissou SATKHIRA – In the district of Padmapukur, a few dozen kilometers from the Bay of Bengal, tin shacks balance delicately on scraps of land coming out of the sea, like makeshift boats lost in the middle of the ocean. Only children, women, old people and the severly handicapped still live in the homes […]

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The guns fell silent more than 40 years ago, but the scars of Bangladesh’s short, bloody struggle for independence still burn to this day Philip Hensher Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka is a noisy, exciting city, full of energy and argument. The massive chaos of its constantly stationary traffic is often riven by protests, strikes, marches. These […]

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by David Bergman on Friday, February 15, 2013 The writer, Tahmina Anam has written a piece on ‘Shahbag’ on the UK’s Guardian website. This is my response: “Hi Tahmina, You do realise, I hope – and I say this just on a point of accuracy – that Abul Quader Mollah was not actually convicted of […]

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Hundreds of thousands of people in Bangladesh have been staging daily protests in the heart of the capital Dhaka. They are demonstrating against the decisions of a war crimes tribunal that was set up to investigate those accused of abuses during Bangladesh’s so called war of independence with Pakistan in 1971. Some say the trials […]

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  Hundreds converged at Dhaka’s Shahbagh square on Tuesday as the protesters continued their movement demanding death penalty for the 1971 war criminals for the 15th straight day, the Daily Star reported. The protesters, popularly known as Projonmo Chottor, chanted revolutionary slogans and rendered the national anthem early on Tuesday, the report said. On Monday, […]

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Jowai (Meghalaya), Feb 19: India has urged Bangladesh to take “concrete steps” to prevent its citizens from crossing across illegally into India, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said Tuesday. “We are aware that much still needs to be done and many issues (exist) such as those related to immigration. We are presently engaging with the Bangladesh […]

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1. Bangladesh is a member of the Human Rights Council since 2006. In the voluntary pledges made by Bangladesh, it has asserted that “t the national level, Bangladesh, a democratic and pluralistic polity, is fully committed to the principles of good governance, democracy, rule of law and promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental […]

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Protester killed during strike after government amends law to allow retrial of politicians charged with war crimes. Bangladesh continues to face political and social unrest over trial of opposition Jamaat-e-Islami leaders accused of involvement in murder and other atrocities during country’s liberation war in 1971. Police on Monday shot dead a protester in demonstrations in eastern Bangladesh […]

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A U.S. threat to withdraw trade preferences will harm labor progress. Bangladesh has faced a military dictatorship and Islamist threats in the last decade, yet its economy keeps growing at 6% a year. That’s no small feat, and much credit goes to its garment exporters, who are even starting to edge out Chinese manufacturers. But […]

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Blogger Rajiv Haider’s death brought a new twist to the Shahbagh protesters. On Saturday, an even larger crowd thronged the square to attend funeral prayers for Haider, many vowing to avenge his death or breaking down in tears as his coffin passed. Haider’s family told reporters they believed he was stabbed to death for standing […]

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