Dhaka – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has called for collective resistance against militancy and violent extremism hindering peace and harmony and prosperity.
The Prime Minister’s call came in the wake of deadly attacks claimed by Islamist militants on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka during the Easter services on Sunday.
The attacks left more than 350 people killed, including one of the relatives of Prime Minister Hasina, and wounded more than 500 others.
“I call upon all to take collective measures of resistance if any tendency of militancy and terrorism is seen among any children, teenagers, youths, students, teachers and commoners as well,” Hasina said in Dhaka.
The Prime Minister made the remarks while opening the first-ever environment friendly and nonstop intercity train ‘Bonolota Express’ on Dhaka-Rajshahi route through video conferencing from her official Ganobhaban residence.
She urged people from different strata to stay alert against terrorism.
“Attempts are being made to carry out such heinous acts in Bangladesh. Our intelligence and law enforcement agencies have remained alert to avert such attempts,” she said referring to the recent attacks in Sri Lanka and New Zealand.
Hasina requested the imams at the mosques to give sermon during the Friday prayers against the adverse impact of the militancy. Islam likewise the other religion does not allow terrorism in the name of religions, she said adding that the Islam was the best religion in the world in view of keeping peace and maintaining humanity.
She also requested to pray for those killed in shootings in New Zealand and bomb blasts in Sri Lanka in which many Muslims including Bangladeshis were killed.
The most unfortunate matter is that many children including Zayan Chowdury, grandson of Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, was killed in the bomb attacks in Sri Lanka, she said.
“I want no such incidents would take place in future.”
Hasina reiterated her appeal to the people involved in militancy and terrorism to the heinous acts to stay away as it brings no welfare for the mankind.