Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday called the people to engage their efforts to resist terrorism and militancy in Bangladesh.
“I call upon the people of all levels of society to put up resistance against terrorism, militancy and drug addiction,” Hasina said while addressing a public rally organized by the ruling Awami League party in central Faridpur district.
“These scourges are not our paths,” she told the crowd at Rajendra College playground.
The Prime Minister’s call came at a time when law enforcement agencies were conducting raids in north-eastern district of Sylhet, Moulvio Bazar and eastern Comilla districts where suspected militants were holed up for days.
Hasina, also the Awami League president, said Islam never supports killing of innocent people and choosing the path of committing suicide.
“A section of misguided people are trying to stigmatize Islam resorting to killing and terrorism,”
“So it’s my appeal to the people of all spheres to take action against the misguided elements so that they shun this evil way,” she said.
“Islam is the religion of peace, harmony and brotherhood and it never supports the killing of innocent people and choosing the path of committing suicide,” she said.
Hasina said parents, guardians, imams, law enforcement agencies and administration will have to stay alert so that children and students don’t engage themselves in terrorism, militancy and drug addiction.
“You will have to see whether any student remains absent from school and college … you will have to watch with whom they make friendship and move,” she said.
Hasina said, “We want that children would pursue study and receive higher education … we’re providing scholarship alongside modern and technology-based education for this.”
Deputy Leader of the House and Senior Presidium Member of AL Syeda Sajeda Chowdhury, Commerce Minister and AL Advisory Council Member Tofail Ahmed, LGRD Minister Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain, AL Presidium Members Kazi Zafarullah and Faruk Khan, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, among others, spoke at the rally, according to state-run Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha news agency.
Faridpur District AL President Advocate Subal Chandra Saha presided over the rally, while AL Central Joint Secretary Abdur Rahman conducted it.
Earlier, the prime minister opened and laid the foundation stones of 33 development schemes by unveiling their plaques from the meeting venue.