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Bangladesh Army denies procuring Mobile Interceptor Device from Israel

DHAKA, Bangladesh

Bangladesh Army on Tuesday denied procuring a Mobile Interceptor Device from Israel, as shown in an Al-Jazeera documentary “All the Prime Minister’s Men.”

“Bangladesh Army denounces the false information provided in the report with respect to procurement of the Mobile Interceptor Device from Israel. The truth is the equipment was procured from Hungary for one of the Army Contingents due to be deployed in the UN Peacekeeping Mission,” said a rejoinder issued by the Inter Services Public Relations on Tuesday.

Bangladesh Army headquarters said it condemned in the strongest possible words the concocted and ill intended report by a vested group in the news channel Al-Jazeera titled ‘All the Prime Minister’s Men’ aired on February 2.

“Nowhere in the equipment was mentioned/written that these were of Israeli origin. There is no scope of defence co-operation/procurement from Israel since Bangladesh does not have any formal diplomatic relation with the country,” it further said.

“This, in fact, is a sequel by the same vested group which has been attempting to destabilize the country in recent times. The commentators of the report are Mr David Bergman, a convict of International Crimes Tribunal, Mr Zulkarnain Saer Khan [featured as Sami in the report], an ex-cadet expelled from Bangladesh Military Academy on charges of drug addiction, and Mr Tasneem Khalil, the chief editor of infamous Netra News. The nexus among the ill-motivated and vested personalities is clearly visible in their past credentials,” it said.

The ISPR rejoinder continued: “It is not clear how an international news channel like Al-Jazeera can associate itself with such an ill-intentioned group of people with criminal records. The video is prepared putting together clips of different official, social and private events using technology. Several disconnected events are edited together giving voices in the background.”

Bangladesh Army said it viewed the report as an attempt by the vested group to break the harmony among different government organs with a view to obstructing the growth and development of the country. “Bangladesh Army is the most disciplined under the present Chain of Command and loyal to the constitution and the Government. Bangladesh Army had always been and will remain respectful to the Government of Bangladesh and contribute in the nation building efforts of our beloved motherland.”

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