LOOKEAST REPORT | Former Indian ambassador to China Gautam Bambawale on Saturday pitched for a determined push to boost Indian software and pharmaceutical exports to China. “If the Chinese open up to these exports from India, they can get quality products at very competitive costs and India can cut down its adverse balance of payments,”…
The BNP-Jamaat alliance has planned to intensify its agitation and take the violent route once the courts pronounce a verdict against Khaleda Zia who is likely to be convicted in the corruption cases.
Sporadic violence in the last two days is expected to reach a crescendo on 8-9th Feb when the final verdict on the Zia Orphanage Trust cases are due.
Meanwhile, two senior BNP leaders have met ULFA(I) leaders this month – one in Chittagong where two ULFA(I) leaders visited secretly to free three ULFA(I)
two senior BNP leaders have met ULFA(I) leaders this month – one in Chittagong where two ULFA(I) leaders visited secretly to free three ULFA(I) properties from illegal occupation and met with Amir Khusrau Mahmud Chowdhury and one in Guwahati and Shillong where BNP’s Abdul Latif Johnny met some ULFA(I) emissaries
properties from illegal occupation and met with Amir Khusrau Mahmud Chowdhury and one in Guwahati and Shillong where BNP’s Abdul Latif Johnny met some ULFA(I) emissaries during his frequent visit to Shillong ostensibly to organise the legal defence of BNP leader Salahuddin Ahmed.
One Assamese journalist known to be close to the ULFA(I) met Johnny and received substantial financial consideration, following which he not only put Johnny in touch with the ULFA(I) but also in touch with a powerful Assam minister who maintains a strong link with ULFA(I) and is behind guru Sri Sri Ravishankar’s parleys with ULFA(I) military wing chief Paresh Barua.
The ULFA(I) is encouraged by the NRC process and so is the BNP which realises how any pushout of so called illegal migrants from Assam into Bangladesh can jeopardise Awami League’s poll prospects.
The BNP leaders have promised ULFA(I) legal support and administrative lobbying to secure its properties across Bangladesh.
In return, ULFA(I) has promised concerted armed action to back BNP-Jamaat street violence to unsettle the country, create a ground for military takeover and pave the way for an Awami League defeat in the polls.
Intelligence sources feel the ULFA(I) may try hitting the Bibiyana gas pipeline and gas tankers in Bangladesh like they did in upper Assam recently. ■