It has been greater than a coincidence that Pakistan and Turkey have come to note within the current previous making an attempt to woo Bangladesh. Previous this, there have been a flurry of diplomatic actions amongst these nations.First, Pakistan opening it is diplomatic mission with a full-fledged Excessive Commissioner in place in capital Dhaka. Virtually on the identical time, Turkey to start with of final 12 months, inaugurated its mission in Dhaka whereas Bangladesh too reciprocated. So, we see a unprecedented thaw starting to emerge between the 2 nations.
There may be, nevertheless, nothing dangerous for a 50-year-old unbiased and sovereign nation like Bangladesh in opening of latest vistas establishing diplomatic relations with one other Islamic nation. Hasina after an uninterrupted rule for over 10 years, has been increasing her nation’s footprint in several nations and this side too seems alright. Turkey claims that Hasina had supported President Erdogan after he survived the army coup launched in opposition to him in 2016. That is nevertheless, a truth carefully contested. Erdogan is a shrewd and astute chief who’s bold to carve a distinct segment of his within the Islamic world.
This was seen when he tried to subvert the OIC to clip the wings of Saudi Monarchy. He’s additionally recognized to be staying afloat in worldwide politics to needle the EU, the US, Saudi Arabia and even India ostensibly to indicate it is solidarity with Pakistan specifically over the Kashmir problem. It is common information that Erdogan had repeatedly provided to struggle alongside Pakistani forces to ‘liberateKashmir’. His jingoism was additionally seen in his assist to Azerbaijan in opposition to Armenia.
In opposition to these ongoing happenings, Turkish Inside Minister, Suleyman Soylus paid a go to to Bangladesh on Jan 8 this 12 months and held in depth discussions on a variety of matters along with his Bangladesh counterpart Asaduzaman Khan, the Overseas Minister, and even signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). Most importantly, each side agreed to reinforce safety cooperation, Counter Terrorism (CT), drug trafficking, intelligence sharing, coaching, and in addition methods to struggle the menace of cyber-crime.
On the face of it, it seems a bit unprofessional and fewer convincing to know concerning the aspect of Intelligence sharing between the 2 nations.Discussing threadbare, why do the intelligence sharing as there’s nothing widespread with regards to intelligence sharing between the 2 nations! Turkey and Bangladesh are hundreds of miles aside and what intelligence can Turkey present to Bangladesh and on which space of exercise? Equally, what kind of intelligence can Bangladesh cater to Turkey? On the Kurds? On Syria? Saudi Arabia, UAE, EU? There does not appear to be any readability on this too. Cooperation on CT may be understood as it’s totally normal in nature.
Similar holds good with the cooperation on topics likecyber-crime, drug trafficking, coaching and many others. however not on particular topics like intelligence as they want particular focus. This maybe name for a better scrutiny by the safety professionals.
Inspecting this side, it could seem attainable that Turkey and Pakistan being so shut, Pakistan is utilizing Turkey to search out out from Bangladesh, byproxy, sure features of intelligence it cannot in any other case entry by means of its personal mechanism or sources. It might seem far-fetched a thought however in nowadays of geo politicalgames, something is feasible. Use of a 3rd nation in furtherance of it is aims, shouldn’t be altogether shocking. And that is what appears to be taking place right here.
Importantly, protecting in thoughts the rising safety cooperation between Turkey and Bangladesh, it is also crucial to level out that Turkey has by no means been so sympathetic in direction of Bangladesh. It had actually, nurtured a form of hate. Probably as a result of Bangladesh has at all times been closed to India and Turkey, with President Erdogan particularly, was at all times making an attempt to drive a wedge between the 2 nations on the behest of Pakistan.
When the Rohingyas first began arriving in Bangladesh from Myanmar in 2017, Turkey provided all assist to the refugees extra within the identify of non secular affinity than on humanitarian grounds. Consultants then had additionally suspected that Erdogan was making an attempt to push his Muslim Brotherhood (MB) agenda to radicalise the Muslim refugees maybe to counter the specter of Wahhabism unleashed by the Saudi rulers. That was the sport Erdogan performed.
Apparently, the visiting Turkish inside Minister, Suleyman Soylus additionally paid visits to the Rohingya camps and inaugurated a subject hospital making an attempt to win the sympathies of the Muslim refugees and the folks of Bangladesh. The gesture appeared extra uncommon than it meets the attention. It’s not so simple as made out to be.It should even be remembered that Pakistan has been making extraordinary efforts to woo Bangladesh and there are vigorous efforts afoot to ask Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to go to Islamabad.
It is attainable that Hasina prevented accepting the overtures in the course of the rejoicings of the 50thyear of its independence or coinciding with Sheikh Mujib’s centenary 12 months nevertheless it’s not attainable for a political chief or a head of presidency to keep away from for lengthy visiting a rustic or spurning it is provide howsoever merciless it has been in committing warfare crimes or genocide within the liberation warfare of 1971! World should transfer on. And, Hasina is not any exception to this realpolitick.
Turkey might in all probability, is enjoying a mediatory function in bringing Bangladesh nearer to Pakistan. Who is aware of?Right here it is also pertinent to state that Turkey is making an attempt to achieve a goal of US greenback 3 billion in its commerce with Bangladesh. At the moment, it is 1.2 billion USD. Not very way back, it was solely 850 Million USD.
Shantanu Mukharji is a retired IPS officer, a safety analyst and a former Nationwide Safety Advisor to the Prime Minister of Mauritius.