Sharia bank board joined at Jamaat’s hipMay 13, 2014
The extensive ties between the sharia bank Islami Bank Bangladesh, Limited (IBBL), and militant movements, extremist political parties, and terrorist financing, have come into sharper focus over the last few weeks. Consider:
- The current chairman of IBBL’s board, Abu Nasser Muhammad Abduz Zaher, is alleged to have been a leader member of the Al-Badr militia, which committed war crimes in an attempt to prevent Bangladesh from gaining independence from Pakistan in the 1970s.
- IBBL’s former director and vice chairman, Mir Quasem Ali, is in jail awaiting trial for war crimes.
- Shah Abdul Hannan, variously described as a former chairman or director of IBBL, is also close to Jamaat-e-Islami, which opposed Bangladesh’s independence.
- Former deputy director Syed Abdullah Md Saleh is the brother of a former Jamaat member of parliament.
- IBBL sharia board member Abu Bakr Rafique was implicated in a terrorist attack against police officers.
- Bangladesh’s home ministry revealed in 2011 that 8 percent of IBBL’s profits are diverted as zakat to terrorist groups.