US fears rise of extremism in Bangladesh


US Representative and Subcommittee Chairman Steve Chabot said the growing escalation of violence might cause a rise of extremism in Bangladesh and that it would have a negative impact on regional security.

He made the statement while addressing a hearing titled “Bangladesh in Turmoil: A Nation on the Brink?” held at the House Rayburn Office Building in Washington on Wednesday. The US congressman asserted that Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia are adamantly sticking to their positions about polls-time government.

“Both leaders were adamant in their positions. Sheikh Hasina insisted provisions are in place to conduct fair election. Madam Zia maintained that a fair election could not be held without a caretaker government in place to ensure transparency,” Chabot said at a Congressional hearing.

Chabot visited Bangladesh on a three-day trip early in November and met Hasina and Khaleda to discuss the entire political situation in the country.

“When I visited Bangladesh two weeks ago we arrived at the onset of three-day general strike. It is still uncertain whether or not the opposition BNP will boycott the election or not,” he said at the hearing.

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