From the Editor-in-Chief: The dangers the country faces

Enayetullah Khan
Thursday, January 5th, 2017
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The murder of the ruling party lawmaker from Gaibandha, Manzurul Islam Liton, is not only shocking but also raises a number of questions about the state of law and order in the country. No matter how many explanations are offered about the tragedy — that it was the act of Islamist fanatics, that it had something to do with the lawmaker’s ties with individuals, that he had enemies — the reality is that the murder draws our attention to what has so far not been done to ensure security for people. When a ruling party lawmaker is shot dead in his home, one does not need much imagination to understand that the lives of common citizens are in a precarious position.


The tragedy in Gaibandha is an eerie reminder for many of us of the troubled days in the early 1970s when, soon after liberation, a number of ruling Awami League politicians, including members of parliament, fell victim to assassination at the hands of ultra leftist underground elements. One is of course not suggesting that the Liton murder is in any way similar to those earlier instances of tragedy, but what one can surmise, with good reason, is that there are elements which are today lurking in the woods and planning social and political chaos in the country.


In Bangabandhu’s era, his government was buffeted by pressures from various quarters, their goal being a promotion of instability in the country. There were all the elements of conspiracy busily at work to overturn the fruits of victory in the War of Liberation. Today, in a different era, it is similar elements the present Awami League government is being compelled to confront. The dangers are similar. Many other dangers are again of a new sort. In essence, though, the goal of these denizens of the dark is simple and clear: they would like to pull the country back to the conditions of the anti-historical, indeed of the communal, which took over the land following the assassinations of Bangabandhu and the four national leaders in 1975.


The truth before the government and the country is obvious — all efforts must be expended towards ferreting out such elements and thereby ensuring that the safety of citizens is guaranteed. The murder of MP Liton should be a wake-up call for the law enforcers, for our security agencies, on the dangers which must be tackled twenty four hours a day. We expect that those involved in the killing of the lawmaker will be apprehended and swiftly brought to justice.

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