Mirza Fakhrul: pawn or dark knight?

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As explained in our previous post, the government has good reasons to keep Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in jail.  BNP’s de facto number 2 was instrumental in putting forward winning candidates in municipalities across the country two years ago.  If he repeats a similar feat in the upazilla elections being speculated about, AL will be in serious political trouble.  So it makes sense to lock him up.

The thing is, behind bars, Mirza Shaheb might become even more of a problem for AL.   Continue reading

The Ershad factor

Pak-Bangla subcontinent has five generals who went on to become politicians with their own parties.  Of these, the two named Zia were killed while in office.  The other three — Ayub Khan, HM Ershad, and Pervez Musharraf — were forced to resign after popular uprising.  Ayub died an old man, and no one cared.  Musharraf lives in exile.  In fact, all the other generals who tried to save our countries — Iskander Mirza, Yahya Khan, Moeen U Ahmed — died as forgotten men, or were exiled, or both.

What about Ershad?

Ershad is different.  He wasn’t left alone or exiled.  Instead, he was tried and convicted for in open, civilian courts.
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