More conscious citizenry rejecting violent extremism: Home Minister


18th February, 2020 12:08:49 printer

More conscious citizenry rejecting violent extremism: Home Minister

Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan believes the country is now overcoming violent extremism thanks to more conscious citizens who are suspicious of unaccountable funding, and averse to donating money without knowing what it will be used for.  

He came up with the observation while addressing a ‘law and politics review’ panel discussion arranged by the Secretary to International Affairs office of Dhaka University Central students’ Union (Ducsu), where he was the chief guest.

A study conducted by DU masters student Nahian Reza Sabriet titled “Violent Extremist Funding and State Responses in South Asia: A Comparative Case Study of Bangladesh, India and Pakistan” was revealed and discussed at the program held at the Muzaffar Ahmed Chowdhury auditorium of social science faculty.  

Secretary to International Affairs of Ducsu Shahrima Tanjin Arni moderated the program.

“We have kept all the banks and economic institution under scanner. As a result, we identified the suspicious transactions and prevented funding of militancy,” the home minister said. “People donated money in the name of religious activities in earlier times, but we turned back from the situation.”

Additional Commissioner of Police and chief of Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime (CTTC), Dhaka Metropolitan Police, Md Monirul Islam said, “There are major variations in terrorism among South Asian countries. India and Pakistan accused each other of state sponsorship in extremist funding and some allegations are proven.”

JMB, Ansar Ullah Bangla Team and other extremist groups in Bangladesh ran their activities by self-sponsorship, collecting money from their party members and other,” he said.

He mentioned Bangladesh’s place (31st) is far better than the United Kingdom and United States of America in terms of the risk of radical extremism according to a Global Terrorism Index, published in November 2019.

International Relations department Chairman of DU Prof Md Ruhul Amin, PDr Delwar Hossain, Deputy General Manager of Financial Intelligence Unit of Bangladesh Bank Kamal Hossain, and Ducsu Assistant General Secretary Md Saddam Hussain were present among others.