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British MP’s Russia connection exposes Sheikh Hasina

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On perusing a concise article titled ‘Theresa May and her group merit Oscar’, by M A Hossain, furthermore, distributed in Dhaka’s compelling business day by day The Financial Express, I started diving into certainties on any conceivable association between any of the British government officials and Moscow. What’s more, what I found is extraordinary finally!

The real truth is at long last out in the open When British Prime Minister Theresa May is blaming Russia for being behind the barrier review nerve specialist assaults of previous Soviet covert operative Sergei Skripal and his little girl Yulia; a shaking data on the attentive associations between British Labor Party MP Tulip Siddiq and Kremlin has been uncovered.

British MP Tulip’s Kremlin Connection:
As indicated by media reports, Tulip Siddiq intervened an exceptionally disputable billion-dollar arms bargain among Bangladesh and Russia. She additionally assumed a key job behind the continuous Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant in Bangladesh, under Russian help. Tulip offered this administration for nothing! I, expansion to the month to month ‘honorarium’ she has been getting from her close relative, Prime Minister Sheik Hasina since January 2009, Tulip’s mom Sheik Rehana and a few individuals from the decision family tradition in Bangladesh got 3 percent ‘kick-back’ from the Russians and the whole sum has been subtly kept in a few seaward ledgers possessed by Sheik Hasina’s child Sajeeb Wazed Joy, little girl Saima Hossain Putul, Tulip’s mom Sheik Rehana, and her uncle Tarique Ahmed Siddique.

Dhaka’s biggest Bangla day by day the Prothom Alo in a report dated April 12, 2015, titled, ‘Tulip blamed for covering Putin interface’, expressed, “A British paper has distributed a story claiming that Bangladeshi-starting point Labor hopeful Tulip Siddiq had data of her gathering with Russian President Vladimir Putin, a standout amongst the most questionable figures in Europe today.”

Mail Online reported that Tulip Siddiq was accused of “failing to tell voters that she met Vladimir Putin in Moscow, in 2013, when a controversial billion-dollar arms deal between Bangladesh and Russia was signed”.

The report said the Tories accused Ms. Siddiq of trying to conceal her extraordinary links to Putin and Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh.”

Tulip Siddiq, a former aide to Ed Miliband, and who is a Labour Party MP in Hampstead and Kilburn, was at the Kremlin with her aunt, the autocratic leader of Bangladesh who is accused of human rights abuses.

British newspaper Daily Mail also referred to a photograph that shows a smiling Ms. Tulip Siddiq alongside Vladimir Putin and Sheikh Hasina, and Ms. Siddiq’s mother Sheikh Rehana.

On YouTube: Tulip Siddiq, Russian arms deal and Bangladesh dynasty politics.

The report attributed to the Tories as claiming that she appears to have gone to great lengths to cover up her trip in January 2013 – just six months before she won a hotly-contested Labour selection contest in Hampstead – and her links with Hasina.

The report added that the Tories also said she had deleted postings and photographs on her blog which showed how she campaigned to get her aunt Sheikh Hasina re-elected in a controversial voter-less election held on January 5, 2014.

According to the report, the Tories questioned, why her 1,200-word official Labour profile made no mention of Putin, the arms deal or being a member of a ruling Bangladeshi dynasty.

British Labour Party MP Tulip Siddiq met Russian President Vladimir Putin on January 15, 2013, with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. Ms. Tulip also is an advisor to the Bangladeshi PM.

A report in The Guardian:
The British newspaper The Guardian in an opinion editorial titled, “Why will Tulip Siddiq not speak out on Bangladesh’s ‘disappeared’ innocents?”, written by Michael Polak (published on December 4, 2017) has exposed Tulip Siddiq’s silence in speaking against serious violation of human rights in Bangladesh. The reason is, this British MP is on the payroll of Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. The British MP gets US$50,000 each month, which is handed to her privately by the Bangladesh High Commission in London as well as a business house named Zumana Investment & Properties Limited (Incorporated in the United Kingdom under incorporation certificate number 7417417, dated October 25, 2010). Zumana Investment & Properties Limited is an affiliate of a Bangladeshi company named Prochchaya Limited (Incorporation certificate number C-75659/09, dated March 25, 2009). Major stakeholders in this company are the wife and daughter of Major General (Retd) Tarique Ahmed Siddique, Security Advisor to the Bangladeshi Prime Minister, and paternal uncle of the British MP.

The Guardian wrote, “Ahmad bin Quasem is among the hundreds abducted by state forces. The British MP whose aunt is Bangladesh’s prime minister can’t keep dodging the issue. We don’t often find the leader of another country popping in to listen to the maiden speech of a British member of parliament. Yet that was the privilege afforded to Tulip Siddiq after she was elected to represent the people of Hampstead and Kilburn in 2015.”

Looking proudly on from the gallery was Sheikh Hasina Wazed, the prime minister of Bangladesh since 2009, under whose watch hundreds of political opponents have been “disappeared” – kidnapped by Bangladeshi security forces and ending up either dead or incarcerated with no recourse to justice.

Last year the family of one such victim approached me to press their case. Mir Ahmad bin Quasem, or Arman as he is known to friends and family, is a British-trained Bangladeshi lawyer who was abducted in August 2016 by state security forces. They knocked on his door and, in front of his wife and young children, dragged him away. This abduction followed the exact modus operandi of other abductions by the security forces in Bangladesh. Since this incident, there has been no confirmation of his whereabouts, but we believe that he is still alive.

Mir Ahmad has not been charged with any offense and his abduction and continued detention by the Bangladeshi government is contrary to the Bangladeshi constitution and the country’s obligations under international law. Forced disappearances are common in Bangladesh under the current government, more than 320 people have been disappeared since 2009.

Mir Ahmad is one of three sons of former politicians who were abducted at around the same time, one of whom has been released. In a secret recording obtained by Swedish radio, it is claimed by a high-ranking government security officer that the fate of those seized is decided by those “high up”. Astonishingly, as reported in this page, Sheikh Hasina recently claimed that such forced disappearances also occur in Britain and the US, saying “275,000 British citizens disappeared” in the UK each year.

For over a year I have been trying to establish Mir Ahmad’s whereabouts and campaigning to have him released. When I visited the capital to speak to diplomatic representatives, who are all very concerned about this case, I was told that the key to getting Arman released was to ask the Bangladeshi prime minister’s niece, Tulip Siddiq, to speak out and use her influence. I have written to her office several times but, as yet, with no success.

In a report, Channel 4 News raised the issue and put the matter to Siddiq. The interaction now has become a matter of public record. Siddiq complained that Mir Ahmad was not her constituent, that she had no sway over Bangladeshi politics and that in any case, she was a British MP focusing on Britain.

And yet earlier this year, the Bangladeshi cabinet adopted a resolution “greeting” the Hampstead and Kilburn MP for winning an award in Westminster. Siddiqaccompanied the Bangladeshi prime minister during bilateral talks between Russia and Bangladesh in January 2013. Her paternal uncle is Tarique Ahmed Siddique, Security Adviser to the Prime Minister. Her brother Radwan Siddiq was nominated for the ruling party’s counsel. It is said in diplomatic circles that he is being groomed to be a future leader of Bangladesh. It is clear that Tulip Siddiq has a close relationship with various government figures in Bangladesh, including the prime minister.

Before and since the Channel 4 News report was aired, the family of Mir Ahmad bin Quasem has been visited by state security forces who have reportedly warned them that “if there is any such news, come next time we will not be good at this time and you will not get to see our face like today.”

Tulip’s latest assignment:
Bangladeshi Prine Minister Sheikh Hasina, during her April 2018 London trip has assigned Tulip Siddiq to lobby the issue of fund Bangladesh needs to meet the basic demands of over six hundred thousand Rohingya refugees from Myanmar. According to information, Bangladesh seeks at least US$500 million every year to cover these expenses, and the British MP will onwards receive an additional amount of US$50 thousand for her services to Bangladesh on this fund issue.

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