Its more than just a way to save the Bangladeshi cricket team from sure defeat
Harkat-ul-Jihad, which has just threatened the Indian team with dire consequences, remains a ‘little-known’ outfit, even after being held responsible for attacks on members of Bangladesh’s secular intelligentsia. Curiously, the group refused to state exactly why they object to Indians and Bangladeshis playing cricket together.
Indiaâ€™s deputy high commissioner S. Chakraborty earlier revealed having received by fax a hand-written letter from Harkat-ul-Jihad, suspected to be a front for Harkat-ul-Jihad Islamia, saying that the cricketers would be killed if they visited Bangladesh.
The letter said the players would be attacked to avenge the Gujarat riots in 2002 that killed over 1,000 people, most of them Muslims. It cited the revenge killing of 19 Israeli athletes by Palestinian commandos during the 1972 Olympics. [The Telegraph]
What the Bangladeshi jihadis need to ask themselves is how the interests of the Muslims of Gujarat or the citizens of Bangladesh are served by the cancellation of the cricket tour. In the end, its the Bangladeshi economy that takes the hit.