Corrupt millionaire ministers in Bangladesh

Released on = April 15, 2006, 12:48 am

Press Release Author = Dr. Peter Snowman

Industry = Media

Press Release Summary = In recent days, names of some of the members of the present
cabinet in Bangladesh comes as the worst corrupts.

Press Release Body = Corruption is the number one problem for Bangladesh.
Transparency International in its annual report placed Bangladesh at the top of the
list of most corrupt nations in the world. Certainly, it makes the politicians in
Bangladesh, especially those in power, extremely uncomfortable and worried. It is
apprehended that in the coming report of Transparency International, Bangladesh is
going to be placed once again at the top. Although the ruling alliance in the
country are making frantic bids in cleansing the image of Bangladesh, it is well
understood that, international community are yet to be convinced to the fact that,
Begum Khaleda Zia's government is doing something in eliminating corruption from
different section in the country. Only recently, an intelligence agency in the
country identified 11 mid ranking officials with National Board of Revenue, who own
15 luxurious villas in countries port city of Chittagong, which costs US$ 2.5
million. It is important to mention here that, monthly salary of these officials are
less than US$ 400 per month! Police and Customs (revenue) are the most corrupt
departments in Bangladesh. Almost all the officers, on their retirement, emerge as
multi-millionaire. They acquire wealth and properties in their own name of in the
names of their spouses. It is almost an open secret in the country. Government also
knows these facts, but is unable to take any action.

In recent days, names of some of the members of the present cabinet in Bangladesh
comes as the worst corrupts. They minted money like wild gambling. Sixty members of
parliament rose complaint against a particular minister, while the Prime Minister
did not take any action against him. It is also learnt that, many of the family
members of Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia are becoming fabulously rich, by using
state power. The most talked about corrupt figure in Bangladesh is Tareq Rahman,
eldest son of the Prime Minister. Tareq became billionaire just in few years, while
many of his friends, who were partners in homosexual activities or in the addiction
of Phensidyl also became very rich under the direct patronization of the son of PM.
Tareq has established Hawa Bhaban, which is although considered as one of the
offices of the ruling party. There are solid evidences of this office's involvement
in interfering in almost all the business and contracts in the country. Hawa Bhaban
palls are considered as the most influential figures in Bangladesh. One of the Hawa
Bhaban palls is Giasuddin Mamun, who is tareq's closest friend too. Hailing from an
extreme poor family in the southern part of Bangladesh, Mamun is today one of the
richest men in Bangladesh through various corruption, smuggling and many other forms
of illegal activities.
Surprisingly one of the assistant press secretaries of Prime Minister Zia, Touhidul
Islam alias Ashik Islam is simultaneously working in the PMO as well in Hawa Bhaban
as its spokesman. Moreover, this man is also involved with Tareq's private
television channel, Channel One. There are numerous allegations on Ashik's
involvement in a number of financial irregularities as well of misappropriating
state money with various excuses, government did not take any action against this
man, as he is considered to be one of the closest aides of Tareq Rahman. In the PMO
too, Ashik is known as an womanizer, alcoholic, bribe taker and blackmailer. Prime
Minister Khaleda Zia was notified several times about this man's illegal activities
by country's intelligence agencies. But, she could not take any action against
Ashik, as Tareq always stood behind him with fullest support.
Khaleda'a own brother, Sayeed Iskander, who is a sacked major of Bangladesh army,
also turned into multi-millionaire by using the influence of his sister. Sayeed runs
a company named dandy Dying, which is a mere camouflage of his other activities.
Behind the mask of Dandy Dying, Sayeed is involved in minting fabulous amount of
cash through kick backs or other means; as well he is virtually active as the unseen
defense advisor to the Prime Minister. No posting or promotion in the army is
possible without his blessings or recommendations. Sayeed Iskander placed a number
of his course-mates and even some of his close relatives in the sensitive and
important positions in Bangladesh Army. A man with high political ambition, Sayeed
is known to be one of the key conspirators in seizing power from Khaleda by using
his grip in the armed forces. His ultimate goal is to become the future Prime
Minister of Bangladesh. Khaleda's late husband President Ziaur Rahman sacked Sayeed
Iskander from Bangladesh Army for his alleged involvement in a number of corruption
charges. Zia was one of the few honest figures in Bangladesh politics, who did not
allow any of the members of his family to make money using state power. Not only
that, Ziaur Rahman was the man, who did not interfere when both of his sons were
ousted from St. Joseph School, which is considered one of the most prestigious
schools in Dhaka. Zia's sons were to leave this school because they turned to be
duffers and extremely inattentive to their education. Tareq and his brother
requested their daddy to readmit them in St. Joseph, when angry Ziaur Rahman said,
"I am not in power to support inattentive sons of mine".
The present government will finish its tenure this October. Meantime, names of most
corrupt ministers are already coming in circulation, with figures of cash they
minted during the five-year term of the BNP government since 2001. The corrupt
ministers are:
01. Barrister Nazmul Huda, amount earned - US$ 0.5 billion
02. Mirza Abbas, amount earned - US$ 43 million
03. Begum Khurshid Jahan Haque (sister of PM), amount earned - US$ 40 million
04. Tariqul Islam, amount earned - US$ 38 million
05. Abdul Mannan Buiyan, amount earned - US$ 35 million
06. Salahuddin Ahmed, amount earned - US$ 32 million
07. Barrister Aminul Huq, amount earned - US$ 31 million
08. Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf, amount earned - US$ 30 million
09. Altaf Hussain Chowdhury, amount earned - US$ 28 million
10. Iqbal Hassan Mahmood Tuku, amount earned - US$ 26 million
11. Dr. Khandekar Musharraf Hussain, amount earned - US$ 25 million
12. Barkatulla Bulu, amount earned - US$ 24 million
13. Abdullah Al Noman, amount earned - US$ 23 million
14. Lt. Col Akber Hussain, amount earned - US$ 22 million
15. Major (Retired) Qamrul Islam, amount earned - US$ 21 million
16. Shajahan Siraj, amount earned - US$ 20 million
17. Advocate Gautam Chakracarty, amount earned - US$ 17 million
18. Amanullah Aman, amount earned - US$ 15 million
19. Ziaul Haque Zia, amount earned - US$ 14 million
20. Jafrul Islam Chowdhury, amount earned - US$ 13 million
21. ANM Ehsanul Haque Milon, amount earned - US$ 11 million
22. Asadul Habib Dulu, amount earned - US$ 10 million
23. Fazlur Rahman Patal, amount earned - US$ 9 million
24. Advocate Ruhul Quddus Talikder Dulu, amount earned - US$ 8 million
25. Lutfur Rahman Khan Azad, amount earned - US$ 6 million

Finance Minister M. Saifur Rahman is although considered to be a clean man, his sons
are engaged in minting money by using the influence of their father. His sons are
involved in several businesses like multi-level marketing (a company, which just
disappeared after taking a few million dollars from the innocent people), customs
clearing and forwarding business (this company is handling most of the big
businesses in the country, just because, finance minister's sons are partners in the
business), readymade garments (smuggling of narcotics are done under the cover of
this business) etc.

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Contact Details = Dr. Peter Snowman
34 Bay Side Ave
New York City

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