Dr. Ali Riaz is the Professor & Chairman of the Department of
Politics and Government at Illinois State University.He is currently Associate Professor.Prior to joining Illinois State University he
has taught at Claflin University in South Carolina, and the University of Lincoln
In this exclusive interview with
VOA Bangla Service, Prof Riaz analyses the killing of Army officers in
the BDR premises inthe name of
mutiny.He said that this was an unparalleled and heinous crime and it needs a
thorough and neutral investigation. He praised the government of Sheikh Hasina
for taking quick steps through negotiations and discussions to curb and control
the armed rebellion . He, however, said that there might be some subtle
tactical mistakes by the government but they need to be analyzed through a
detailed investigation. The investigation will not only unveil what happened on
the day, who did it but also why it was done .
Professor Ali Riaz thinks, as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had said ,
that it was a meticulously planned massacre but it is pretty certain that the
impact of this sad happening is the deteriorating relation between the army and
the newly electedcivil government .
Whether this had been the objective or not , the impact is clear , it raises
tension between the civil government and its army .
Although questions are being raised about foreign involvement , or the
involvement of Islamic terrorists or of the War Criminals of 1971 against whom
the government wants to take action , Dr Riaz says one has to keep one's mind
open and the perpetrators of the crime should be identified and punished.