Instead of renewing contract with Bangladeshi government for recruiting additional workers, Saudi authorities are actively considering sending back around two million Bangladeshi workers, who currently are employed in various projects in that country. The decision of the Saudi government is being taken as protest of Bangladeshi government's extreme reluctance in taking any measures in investigating the murder of Saudi diplomat Khalaf bin Mohammed Salem al-Ali  was gunned down by unidentified miscreants during late hours of March 5, 2012 in the capital city of Bangladesh. This is the first time in the history of Bangladesh that a diplomat has been murdered in the capital city. It may be mentioned here that shortly after midnight, Khalaf bin Mohammed Salem al-Ali was found 30 metres from his home in Dhaka's diplomatic enclave named Gulshan. He had bullet wounds to his chest and was taken to a hospital. A security guard at his home, told media, al-Ali used to roam around by a bicycle at night but he went outside on foot late Monday. Two other security guards near the crime scene told reporters they heard one gunshot and found al-Ali lying on the street, while one of the security guards saw a white-color car speedily fleeing the spot right after the gun shot were heard. Crime experts in Dhaka have opined that the murder might have been committed by any professional killer. Investigators said there was no blood stain at the place where dead body of the diplomat was found. It is apprehended by them that the diplomat might have been killed at another place and later his dead body might have been thrown near to his residence. However, Bangladeshi police confirmed that the murder was "pre-planned" and professional killers were used in it. While the government is reluctant in investigating the tragic murder of the Saudi diplomat, there had been fresh threat on life of another member of the Saudi embassy in Dhaka. Similarly as the case of Khalaf bin Mohammed Salem al-Ali, the law enforcing and intelligence agencies in Bangladesh did not investigate the case and no one was arrested or questioned in this regard, which has substantially angered the Saudi authorities.
Following the murder of Khalaf bin Mohammed Salem al-Ali, Weekly Blitz in its reports and editorial comments had been suggesting the Bangladesh government to expedite the investigation and bring the culprits into book. But for reason unknown, the government has been extremely reluctant in taking any such measures, understanding the possible consequence of their reluctance, which would include expulsion of two million Bangladeshi workers from Saudi Arabia. It is learnt from a number of sources that the Saudi authorities may expel the Bangladeshi workers in phase right after the Eid Ul Fitr. While expelling the Bangladeshi workers, the Saudi authorities may start making fresh recruits of workers from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and other nations in the world. Once the Bangladeshi workers are expelled, there will be no possibility of any fresh recruitment of workers from Bangladesh by any of the employers in Saudi Arabia. Such actions will be done as a symbolic protest to ruling party's reluctance in investigating the murder case of Khalaf bin Mohammed Salem al-Ali and punishing the culprits.
Saudi Arabia has always been a stable friend and development partner of Bangladesh since Jeddah recognized the country after independence. In past few decades, the Dhaka-Jeddah relations reached into the warmest cordiality, while the Saudi government continued to extend helps and cooperation to Bangladesh in diversified fields. Diplomatic analysts feel that a better relations between Dhaka and Jeddah could immensely benefit Bangladesh not only from exporting manpower but also by taking technological support from Saudi Arabia in implementing massive solar based power plants, which would greatly easy country's current power crisis.
Saudi Arabia returning 2 million Bangladeshi workers :: Weekly Blitz