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Situation worse than what GTI says: Gen Munir
Staff Correspondent
Publish Date : 2014-11-20,  Publish Time : 00:00,  View Count : 24
Major General M Muniruzzaman (rtd), President of the Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Security Studies (BIPSS) and noted security expert, on Wednesday voiced concern about a report on the risk of terrorism that found Bangladesh 23rd among 162 countries in the Global Terrorism Index (GTI).
The annual GTI, 2013 was released by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).
It mentioned that Bangladesh is among 13 countries which are at high risk of being hit by terrorism. The country had been 57th among 162 countries in the index for 2012.
Gen Munir told this correspondent that Bangladesh's present situation was worse than that mentioned in GTI report.
Politics here is not on the right track. The number of extremists and militants is on the rise, he said. An uneasy situation is now prevailing in the country, he observed.
The report focused mainly on the issue of the political instability and lack of intergroup cohesion of political parties in Bangladesh.
It referred to widespread violence in 2013 during war crimes trials of top Jamaat-e-Islami leaders and the opposition agitation before and after the 10th national elections held on January 5, 2014.

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