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Thursday, November 20, 2014, Agrahayan 6, 1421, Muharram 26, 1436 Hijr

Risk for BD least: Gen Rashid
Staff Correspondent
Publish Date : 2014-11-20,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 13
Noted security analyst Maj Gen Md Abdur Rashid (rtd) trashed the report of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) that has indexed Bangladesh 23rd among 162 countries in Global Terrorism Index (GTI) 2013.
The IEP's report is faulty as it depended on arithmetic of events rather than analysing the proper elements and sources of terrorism and militancy, he claimed.
Gen Rashid said that risk of terrorism now in Bangladesh was at its lowest as the government swung into actions against terrorism and militancy.
Cooperation among Bangladesh, India and Myanmar in fighting terrorism has also increased in this connection, he observed.
"But elements of militancy are there which are being patronised by non-state actors at home and abroad, which is the main risk, Gen Rashid said.
Maj Gen Md Abdur Rashid (Retd) is a strategic and security analyst, and Executive Director of Institute of Conflict, Law and Development Studies (ICLDS).
"The IEP index has put Bangladesh on the high risk terrorism on wrong arithmetic. They have counted the number of extrajudicial killings, number of violent demonstrations, lack of intragroup cohesion, women political rights and human rights violation which have little influence on terrorism," Gen Rashid said.
They have denied the major components of terrorism. Terrorism has got two sides: one tangible, another intangible. The IEP did not take into consideration of the geopolitical equations and the impacts of regional power politics.
According to Gen Rashid, the IEP denied the impact of terrorist financing and flow of capital towards terrorism in preparing the index. It also denied the influence of economic condition of people and socio- economic environment of the country.
The IEP also did not analyse the methodology and impact of radicalisation. It took into consideration some components which have little implication towards the growth of terrorism.

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