Hasina calls for rooting out terrorism, militancy
December 13th, 2016 at 5:24 pm
Hasina calls for rooting out terrorism, militancy

Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday underscored the needs for identifying the causes of terrorism and sources of money being used for militancy to stamp out the vices.

“We need to identify the reason and sources of money. We also have to find out a way for preventing these menaces,” said the Prime Minister while addressing the Graduation Ceremony of National Defence Course (NDC) and Armed Forces War Course (AFWC) -2016 at Mirpur Cantonment in Dhaka

The government has already taken measures to pull away terrorism and militancy, she said expressing her firmness to root out terrorism and militancy.

The law enforcement agencies have been put alert in all possible ways beside public awareness to fight terrorism and militancy.

Hasina reiterated her promise not to allow anyone to use Bangladeshi land to resort to terrorism against any country.

“We are developing inter-state relations based on our foreign policy … our strategy and policy have proven to be effective in human development and economic empowerment of the people in general,” she was quoted to have said by state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.

Hasina, however, said there remain serious challenges in ensuring continuing growth and development.

“I believe with your acquired knowledge from respective course, you will be better prepared to tackle these challenges,” she said.

The developing countries have to remain prepared to face unexpected challenges originating from the ever changing environment of the 21st century, she observed.

Bangladesh has resolved many security problems that were constraining bilateral relations and the vision was to develop an integrated regional economy.

She said her government has been relentlessly working to build a professional and trained armed forces to safeguard country’s independence and sovereignty.

She said Bangladesh is extensively observing changing war strategy and technology and reevaluating the capability of its armed forces regularly.

“We remain active for taking all timely measures for modernizing our armed forces to increase its capability of facing multiple challenges of the 21st century,” she said.

The government has ensured the Armed Forces’ access to latest technologies and equipment, while adequate training facilities have been established and made operational for them, she said.

She also expressed optimism that the officers who were graduated from the NDC would take the country towards stability, development and self-reliance through their acquired knowledge, will power and commitment.

Commandant of the National Defence College Lt. Gen. Chowdhury Hasan Sarwardy gave the welcome address at the function.

A total of 52 persons from Bangladesh Army, Navy, Air Force, administration, police and foreign services took part in this year’s NDC course. Besides, 26 members from 12 friendly countries participated in this course.

This year the Armed Forces War Course comprised of 25 lieutenant colonels from army, one captain and four commanders from navy and two group captains and three wing commanders from air force.