By- Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury | Date- July 30, 2012
Taking the advantage of the holy month of Ramadan, notorious jihadist and anti-Semitic group Hizb Ut Towhid (HUT) has intensified its jihadist activities, including distribution of its hate materials and publications as well as countrywide massive drives in recruiting new members. According to a number of sources, jihadists of Hizb Ut Towhid, at the special instructions of its kingpin Bayeezid Khan Panni aka Selim Panni have decided to spread the hate-speech materials as well as jihadist books and publications such as ‘Dajjal’ in various parts of Bangladesh. At least twenty-five groups of jihadists of Hizb Ut Towhid are also assigned as vendors to rally various hate materials of this outfit amongst middle and lower middle class people in the capital city, especially those, who are travelling by city bus services. HUT men are seen in almost all the bus stoppages in Dhaka city, selling various types of jihadist books and CDs, including Dajjal, which is written by Bayeezid Khan Panni aka Selim Panni. It may be mentioned here that, Bangladesh government banned sale and distribution of all types of books, pamphlets and CDs of Hizb Ut Towhid, few years back and directed the members of intelligence and law enforcing agencies to keep vigilant eyes on the activities of this nefarious jihadists outfit.
Hizb Ut Towhid was established by Bayeezid Khan Panni aka Selim Panni under the open and secret funding from various individuals in Bangladesh and abroad. The organization encourages affluent people in donating their Zakaat money to this organization, which is later used in spreading hate materials, mostly authorized by Bayeezid Khan Panni aka Selim Panni. Every year, Hizb Ut Towhid collects more than ten million dollars from various individuals in Bangladesh and abroad. With such significant amount of fund, the organization has already established its international wings in a number of countries, including Malaysia, United States and United Arab Emirates.
Members and leaders of Hizb Ut Towhid follow numerous ways in generating fund not only by collecting donations but also by running various types of legal and illegal businesses in Bangladesh and abroad. In Bangladesh, a few influential leaders of this notorious jihadist group cashed a few million dollars by participating into share market scam. One of the prominent figures, who’s name came prominently as one of the top masterminds of the share market scam in Bangladesh got involved with Hizb Ut Towhids through an influential female leader of this jihadist group, who later helped the organization in cashing significant amount of money from share market manipulation. It may be mentioned here that, this share market mastermind, who helped Hizb Ut Towhid, also owns shares in a leading private bank in Bangladesh as well as shares in a number of projects, including a five-star hotel an airline company etc. Being instructed by Bayeezid Khan Panni aka Selim Panni, this female leader of Hizb Ut Towhid took a house inside Dhaka Cantonment, wherefrom she continues to gather various sensitive military information by establishing links and connections with the members of Bangladesh Armed Forces. It is even apprehended that, this female leader of Hizb Ut Towhid was one of the conspirators of the foiled coup attempt in Bangladesh, while she was planning to stage the coup, under the instruction of Bayeezid Khan Panni aka Selim Panni, with the ulterior motive of establishing Sharia law in Bangladesh. It is also learnt that, some of the key figures of Hizb Ut Towhid maintain closer links with the absconding killers of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
While Hizb Ut Towhid is continuing to gain strength with its ambition of staging jihad in Bangladesh thus establishing Sharia rule, the organization has already created a significant base in Malaysia, where, Hizb Ut Towhid has established it International Office under the direct command of Bayeezid Khan Panni aka Selim Panni. The organization has also invested huge sum of money in various business projects in Malaysia to generate regular fund.
Bangladeshi intelligence sources have confirmed that the government is determined in combating activities of every jihadist organization, including Hizb Ut Towhid. It said, countrywide offensives are continuing in nabbing activists and jihadists of this nefarious group. But the sources admitted that, activities of Hizb Ut Towhid is still continuing under deep cover in various parts of the country, including the capital city.