Stand against terrorism: PM

Published: April 21, 2019 20:42:59 | Updated: April 22, 2019 12:56:29

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday strongly condemned the terror attacks in Sri Lanka and urged everyone to be vocal against terrorists.

"Terrorists are terrorists. They've no religion, caste and state. They're terrorists. So, all will have to be vocal against them," she told a mass reception accorded to her by the Bangladeshi community in Darussalam at the Empire Hotel and Country Club in Brunei, report UNB and BSS.

Sheikh Hasina said many people were killed and injured as bomb attacks were orchestrated at eight places in Sri Lanka. “We strongly condemn the barbaric incident,” she said.

In this connection, she said another regretful incident is that Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim’s daughter’s family became victims of the bomb blasts in Sri Lanka.

“Selim’s son-in-law and a grandson were taking food at a restaurant, where a bomb blast took place,” she said, adding the son-in-law was injured in the blast, while the grandson remained traceless till this afternoon.

Sheikh Hasina said such terrorist acts happened in New Zealand few weeks ago.

Regretting the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, Sheikh Hasina said there will be no room for any terrorist, militant, corrupt or drug addict in Bangladesh.

She said Bangladesh has not only announced zero tolerance policy against such terrorism and militancy but also took actions immediately by keeping its intelligence agencies alert.

“We’re taking prompt actions against the terrorists when they’re identified,” she said.

Referring to the arson attacks of the BNP-Jamaat nexus in 2013, 2014 and 2015, the prime minister said many innocent people were burnt to death and injured due to the heinous acts of BNP-Jamaat.

“We notice its impact in the society now as some people are now engaged in such cruel act,” she said.

Agriculture Minister Dr Md Abdur Razzaque, Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen, PM's Private Industry and Investment Adviser Salman Fazlur Rahman, State Minister for Expatriates' Welfare and Overseas Employment Imran Ahmad,State Minister for Youth and Sports Md Zahid Ahsan Russell, State Minister for Fisheries and Livestock Md Ashraf Ali Khan Khasru, State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid were present.

Bangladesh High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Air Vice Marshal (Retd) Mahmud Hussain presided over the reception event.

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