Friday, February 04, 2005

FLASH: Bangladesh ministers on terror watchlist

Bangladesh ministers on terror watchlist

6 January 2005: As many as six Bangladeshi cabinet ministers are on a Western watchlist for succouring Islamic terrorists and arms smuggling, and they have established safe houses in the Chittagong Hill Tracts area.

Two of these ministers are reportedly close to Bangladesh prime-minister Khalida Zia, and all of them operate in the Middle East avoiding either Western or South East Asian markets for their transactions.

Western intelligence agencies have reported that Bangladesh is fast turning from a liberal modern Islamic society to one which is hardcore fundamentalistic.