Saber Hossain Chowdhury , a former MP and the political secretary to Sheikh Hasina , the leader of the opposition in Bangladesh spoke on “ Crisis in Bangladesh: An Opposition Viewpoint “ at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington.
Although Saber appreciated the progress which Bangladesh has made over the last 35 years since her independence, he mentioned the repeated failures of the present four party coalition government in combating terrorism, corruption and in assuring good governance and a free election commission. He presented statistical proofs to say that the performance of the Awami League Government from 1996 to 2001 when they were in the government was far better than the performance of the present government.
Saber appreciated the arrests of the terrorists in Bangladesh but he termed it as a selective engagement. He said that the Jamat and other terrorists groups like JMB are linked together because Jamat-e-Islami provided the philosophical basis for the Islamic extremist movement in the country.
The discussion was presided by the Director of Asian Affairs in the CSIS, Terresita Schaeffer. Amongst those who were present and interacted with Saber Ahmed Chowdhury were Ambassador John Milam, Ambassador Schaeffer ,Sajeeb Wazed Joy, the son of the leader of the opposition , a couple of high officials from Bangladesh Embassy and other members of the think tank group.