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Family stunned

Dhaka, Oct. 18 (AP): Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis is a banker’s son from a middle class neighbourhood, whose family members said that they were stunned by his arrest.

“My son can’t do it,” his father, Quazi Ahsanullah, said as he wept in his home in the Jatrabari neighbourhood in north Dhaka.

“He is very gentle and devoted to his studies,” he said, pointing to Nafis’s time at the private North South University in Dhaka. He added that his son was too timid to venture onto the roof of the family home alone. “He used to take someone to go the roof at night. I can’t believe he could be part of it (the plot).”

However, Belal Ahmed, a spokesman for the university, said Nafis was a terrible student who was put on probation and threatened with expulsion if he did not bring his grades up. Nafis eventually just stopped coming to school, Ahmed said.

Ahsanullah said his son convinced him to send him to America to study, arguing that with a US degree, he had a better chance at success in Bangladesh. “I spent all my savings to send him to America,” he said. The father called on the government to “get my son back home”.

Bangladesh does not have the same record of involvement in global terror as Pakistan. At least one Bangladeshi was among those detained by the US at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.

 
 
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