Press Release Summary = Bangladesh Prime Minister, Begum Khaleda Zia, who succeeded in getting people's mandate for third time to form the government, has emerged as the most potential figure to mediate Middle East crisis for a number of reasons. Begum Zia leads the second largest Muslim nations in the world, as presently is the only female head of the state in the Muslim world.
Press Release Body = Bangladesh Prime Minister, Begum Khaleda Zia, who succeeded in getting people's mandate for third time to form the government, has emerged as the most potential figure to mediate Middle East crisis for a number of reasons. Begum Zia leads the second largest Muslim nations in the world, as presently is the only female head of the state in the Muslim world. Khaleda presently also leads Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), which is one of the largest political parties in the country. Being a woman hailing from conservative Muslim family, she entered politics when her husband President Ziaur Rahman was brutally murdered at an coup in the early eighties at the port city of Chittagong. Ziaur Rahman came into power when Bangladesh was witnessing lots of political uncertainties following the murder of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and his family and coup and counter coup by sections of officers of Bangladesh army. Mujib was the leading figure in the independence of the country, while Zia made the first announcement of independence of Bangladesh when he was just a major from Kalurghat radio station. Political analysts opine that, by pronouncing independence, Ziaur Rahman virtually took a serious risk on his shoulder. But, Zia did take the risk as he was the truest patriot who always was dreaming of an independent Bangladesh. After assuming power, Zia took a number of positive steps to re-open the multi party political atmosphere in the country as well withdrew Shaikh Mujib's authoritarian law, which stopped all the newspapers, except two belonging to the state. Even political rivals of Zia acknowledge that he was the cleanest figure in Bangladesh. Corruption could never touch him. He lived an extreme simple life. And although he was the most powerful President in the country, he opted to have his food supplied from military canteen, which had been also supplied to other army personnel in the country. Zia had charismatic leadership while he lived a very simple life. Possibly Khaleda Zia learnt a lot from her late husband, which she now applies to transform Bangladesh to a prosperous nation in South Asia. Recently TIME magazine published a cover story on Mrs. Zia giving lots of projections to her positive works for her nation. Mrs. Zia has also shown her zeal in delivering commendable leadership in strengthening the spirit of SAARC, as the current chair person of the regional forum. No doubt, as the leader of the Muslim state, she has certain obligations in putting her efforts in resolving the existing crisis in the Middle East. Bangladesh presently is combating Islamist terrorists in their own land. Similar elements are also active in the Middle East, which is always hampering the peace process. Recent election of Hamas in Palestine stands as a potential obstacle to Middle East peace. Everyone knows about the terrorist nature of Hamas. Considering these facts, number of Muslim nations, including Pakistan is extending hands of relations to Israel. Bangladesh too needs to follow this path. By having relations with Israel, Bangladesh will surely be in the position of a solid mediator of the peace process. Moreover, the country can immensely benefited economically and technologically both from Israel and Jewish community in the world. It is surely now time for Begum Khaleda Zia to decide quick on this issue and begin a new era of cooperation and understanding with the only democratic nation in the Middle East.
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