Just when we thought Bangladesh was safe from the military coming back into power as it clearly appears to be in Pakistan, we hear confirmation of the rumours that have been going around over the recent christmas break of a coup attempt.
Senior military officials made their annoucement today and ably reported by Bdnews24.com that middle ranking officers attempted a coup of the civilian government of Shiekh Hasina, Awami League on the 22nd of December. Many of them were members of the banned Hizb ut-Tahrir Islamist group. We also hear allegation of non-resident Bangladeshi (NRB) involvement as well by the senior officers of the Bangladesh army. More strangely, a bizarre facebook page exists amongst the middle ranking officers threatening to bring change very soon. To make things more tense politically, it was noted that Khalida Zia of the BNP opposition during recent demonstrations had made suggestions that army officers should be freed from arrests and court marshall.
It appears Bangladesh can never sleep quietly from the threat of mutineers, assasins & war criminals.