Dhaka Metropolitan Police Commissioner Khandaker Golam Faruq today said although militancy has not been completely eradicated from the country, it is under control
On the seventh anniversary of the devastating Holey Artisan Bakery attack that occurred on July 1, 2016, ambassadors and diplomats from various foreign missions came together to pay their respects.
The nation witnessed one of the most devastating hostage crises it had ever experience
The Western-style café in the posh neighbourhood of Gulshan-2 had still a thin crowd after the break of the day's fast. Amid the stillness, guests started arriving at the two-storey eatery, a favourite for expatriates and Bangladeshis alike
A brutal militant attack claimed 22 lives, including nine Italians, seven Japanese, three Bangladeshis and an Indian at Holey Artisan Cafe in Dhaka's Gulshan on 1 July 2016
Stumbling across a post on the meaning of “Faraaz”, I was taken aback by the qualities attributed to this name – “someone full of love”, one who “creates balance and harmony for anyone lucky enough to be called his friend”.
These are questions which should have been answered. Shaon's death and his parents' allegations point towards torture in custody of someone who seems to have been as much a victim of the attack as the others. After a year, it should have been resolved and communicated if Chowkidar's death was an accident or part of the raid to kill the militants.
The actual and potential damage caused by religious militancy or the so-called 'Islamist violence' can no longer be brushed aside in our parlance. Owing to factors both internal and external, this writer believes that even the pragmatic objective of marginalising religious militancy would actually be an awesome task, not to speak of eliminating religiously motivated violence. The reasons for such a view are grounded in reality.
Sure there are those who had warned of some form of extremism emerging having observed the inequalities that exist in the social, economic and political fabric of our daily lives (which sometimes give rise to extreme reactionary forces). But they don't really explain the Holey Artisan tragedy, as most of the attackers, all in their late teens or early 20s, came from comparatively privileged backgrounds, and, as such, were not necessarily victims of such unfair discriminations. One thing though is for certain, that they were somehow influenced by external forces.