Monday, August 22, 2005

Bangladesh and the CIA

Bangladesh, August 2005.

A wave of bomb blasts have killed a 10-year-old boy and a rickshaw puller and injured hundreds across Bangladesh.

A “powerful foreign ally” is suspected by some of being involved.

This phrase usually refers to Pakistan and its intelligence agency, the ISI.

The ISI is thought to be controlled by the CIA.


An American journalist, Lawrence Lifschultz, has claimed that the CIA was involved in the 1975 military coup and the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Bangladesh’s founding father.

Lawrence Lifschultz used to write for the Far Eastern Economic Review.

Dhaka’s Daily Star and Prothom Alo newspapers have quoted his findings.

Lifschultz, in his book 'Bangladesh: an unfinished revolution', alleged that 'through its operative, Philip Cherry, posted as first secretary in the US embassy, the CIA plotted the overthrow of the Mujib government'.

Sheikh Hasina, one of Mujib's two surviving daughters, who became Bangladesh’s prime minister in 1996, believes that her father 'fell victim to an international conspiracy'.

Henry Kissinger 'figures prominently in Lifschultz’s writings'.

According to Lifschultz, Eugene Booster, then US Ambassador to Bangladesh 'repeatedly objected to the conspiracy and even issued written instruction in this regard, but then CIA Station Chief, Philip Cherry would not listen to him'.

'Khandaker Moshtaque Ahmad, a minister in Mujib’s Cabinet, played the leading role. Coup leaders made him the country’s president, but a counter-coup overthrew him three months later.'

Bangladesh's current Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's husband, General Ziaur Rahman, Deputy Chief of Army Staff in 1975, 'played a crucial behind-the-scenes role in the plotting that preceded the coup and in the events which followed'.

Zia later became President and was killed in a mutiny.


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