Removal of extra “Security Escort” for foreign envoys and unnecessary uproar
Safowan Hossain Khan
Contd from previous issue
The current internal and external political dynamics with regard to the country’s upcoming general election have encouraged the way the decision has received that much level of fervent speculation despite the curious and appetizing, and to a large extent false, speculation about the government’s sudden decision to withdraw “additional security” escort. Recently, it has been seen that Western nations’ increased expression of interest in, and, in some instances, strong articulation about, how the election will have to be organized, has sparked contentious discussion in domestic political and diplomatic spheres.
However, the government’s choice—which was made on the basis of clear explanations and rational reasoning—was not made because it disapproved of other nations’ blatantly unwanted interference in domestic political affairs in the country, particularly the impending national election. One has to consider what kind of security situation had previously motivated the government to offer such extra escort facilities to certain nations in order to assess the decision’s benefits.
In 2016, the Bangladeshi government established this facility in response to the Holey Artisan terrorist attack’s increased security demands. Following the terrorist assault, the overall security environment with regard to the Islamist terror threat both within and outside the nation has significantly improved.
(To be contd)