Bangladesh security agencies at the weekend were in control of the situation pertaining to an alleged regime change plot by a ‘Major Power’ , but they said they were still awaiting clear instructions on a few important people who were allegedly linked to it.
” We want to interrogate a few bigshots but they are powerful and are obviously active to thwart investigations, even influence them. We know that a PM adviser who managed to quash court cases on his involvement in both 1996 and 2010-11 stock market scams ,” said a top official in one of the agencies.
He said the adviser has been barred from PMO and is under surveillance but it was not yet clear whether he can be questioned , as direction on that is awaited at the highest level.
India has watched with unease this adviser’s rise in the Bangladesh PMO and his ability to place his own people at many key positions has been amazing.
Intelligence has details about this adviser’s house in Saudi Arabia which he shared with his in-law who is a BNP leader and businessman , which had become the key staging point for the purported regime change plot .
It is in this house not far from the Holy sites that this adviser and his cohorts confabulated with the ‘operations’ cadre of a ‘Major Power’ and later with ISI officials from Pakistan.
The ISI biggest station for operations against India and Bangladesh is located in Dubai , both the legal and illegal residencies meaning those ISI operatives using diplomatic cover and those with cover assignments.
The ISI team in Dubai includes an officer who has studied with the son of the Bangladesh PM Adviser in Karachi — one who is a periodic visitor to Bangladesh under business cover.
The Adviser has outwitted the Bangladesh Foreign Office by convincing the highest decision making authority that China (by its clout on Myanmar government) and Pakistan (by its control over ARSA and other jihadi elements) held the key to Bangladesh’s Rohingya problem and that India had no real role to play in it.
“The BJP’s meaningless rhetoric like calling Bangladeshis termites and India’s less-than-competent diplomatic team in Dhaka has helped this Adviser boost Pakistani influence in PMO and Bangladesh decision making ,” said long time Bangladesh watcher Sukharanjan Dasgupta, author of ‘Midnight Massacre’ , an account of the coup that killed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
India is sending a tough diplomat, possibly its ambassador in Afghanistan Binay Kumar to replace Reeva Ganguly Das whose promotion is due soon.
Top diplomats of Bangladesh and Pakistan have held talks recently to promote bilateral relations in a possible thaw under the active initiative of the PM’s adviser .
“Both sides agreed to promote bilateral relations with a forward-looking approach,” Pakistan’s High Commissioner in Dhaka Imran Ahmed Siddiqui told Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.
Referring to the talks with Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen on July 1, Siddiqui added: “The two sides briefed each other on the COVID-19 situation in their respective countries and precautionary and preventive measures being taken.”
Siddiqui said: “Pakistan believes there is a huge potential in bilateral economic and commercial cooperation. We must work together to realize this potential with a focus on bringing our respective private sectors closer.”
“We want stronger relations with brotherly Bangladesh in all walks of life. We share common bonds of history, religion and culture,” he added.
The Bangladeshi Foreign Ministry did not issue a statement about the meeting and the story was almost missing in Bangladesh media with only the Turkish Anadolu Agency covering it .
Sme media reports suggests that the Bangladesh government has been asked by security agencies to sack or at least suspend the Adviser pending investigations but that may not be possible because he has close links with a member of PM household.
Respected media outlets in Bangladesh like ‘Daily Star’ and ‘Prothom Alo’ and even the ‘New York Times ‘ had reported that the corporate bigshot used his huge influence in the Awami League and PM household to silence the 1996 and 2010-11 stock scams before his influence multiplied several times when he went on to become a MP and a PM adviser with the rank of cabinet minister.
Bangladesh and global media reports had suggested that the corporate bigwig said to be prime accused behind the scams also figures in two secret Bangladesh Bank Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) report , one on Money Laundering and another on Bank Defaults which is eating into the vitals of the nation’s burgeoning economy.
FIU was the brainchild of former Bangladesh Bank governor Atiur Rahman whose removal from the position was orchestrated by this shady corporate boss on alleged dereliction of duty when a transfer of millions of dollars meant for BB ended up in Filipino casinos.
Rahman’s subordinates responsible for overseeing such transfers were possibly involved but the BB governor, a highly respected economist whose work on Tagore as a socio-economic thinker is path breaking, was unaware and only took the blame for the fiasco because he stood by the principle of collective responsibility.
Both FIU reports put this powerful business magnate on top of their list — the biggest bank defaulted and the biggest money launderer.Like Rahman, former Bangladesh finance minister A M A Muhith was also apprehensive of the damage this business magnate was causing to Bangladesh’s economy .
Muhith blocked several files involving his companies — so this business magnate orchestrated Muhith’s removal and replacement by his close confidante , the new finance minister, so that he would never be pulled up for his huge bank defaults and his considerable money laundering.
It is rumoured that this shady business magnate is also involved in helping the money laundering operations of a key member of the PM household , something that is already in the radar of the US Inland Revenue Service.
That pertains to movement of millions of dollars through shady banks in Asia , usually used for dubious commission payments to powerful people who can swing deals for development partners like China.