Tareq Rahman, eldest son of BNP Chairperson, Begum Khaleda Zia has become a cause of concern for Delhi according to one of India’s most circulated newspapers which claims it has received information that Tareq Rahman has close connections with Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the premier Intelligence service of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
The publications also claims that Tareq is in contact with various militant groups active in South Asia according to a report sent to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
Bangladeshi intelligence agencies have also provided Delhi with the detailed records of Tareq’s phone calls and correspondence from London to different countries of the world.
The report stated that Indian foreign diplomats in New Delhi do not favour any regime over another in Bangladesh, and that Bangladesh is a sovereign democratic country capable of choosing its own government.
Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee held meetings with Opposition leader, Khaleda Zia on her last visit to Delhi despite the strong disapproval expressed by the ruling party Awami league. However, Delhi’s concern lies somewhere else.
The report makes it clear Tareq Rahman is seeking assistance from ISI and other terrorist groups in an attempt to come to power.
“Bangladesh was turned into the breeding ground of militant groups during BNP-Jamaat regime,” a source at India’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said. “The militancy even spread to the rest of South Asia, and endangered the security of India. In her last visit, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia had promised not to repeat past mistakes if BNP comes to power this time, but Tareq’s activities are not in line with that promise.”
BNP Spokesperson and central leader, Mirza Fakrul Islam Alamgir denied the allegations saying these are false accusations have been “cooked up” to destroy BNP Chairperson and Tareq Rahman’s reputation.
“Tareq Rahman is residing in London for medical reasons,” Fakrul said. “He has no connections with ISI or any militant organisation. The government is maligning Tareq in fear of his rising popularity.”