Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday urged all to provide the law enforcing agencies with information, if they have any, about militants in their localities.
“All should know if any militant lives in their localities. Please, help the law enforcers by providing information about the militants in arresting them,” she said.
The premier was addressing a discussion organised by the ruling Awami League at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre marking the 98th birthday of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mukibur Rahman.
Reiterating her government’s stern stance against militancy, Sheikh Hasina, also the president of the AL, said all should drum up support against the acts of militancy.
“There is no room for militancy on this soil,” the premier said, urging all to build resistance against the menace.
Sheikh Hasina also advised the parents, teachers, Imams and professionals to keep watch on their children so that they cannot take the path of militancy.
The premier came up with the fresh call against militancy after a suicide bomber on Friday blew off himself at a RAB camp in the capital and killing of four militants in a raid on a militant den at Sitakunda in Chittagong.
Referring to the BNP-Jamaat’s mayhem, the premier said that they created militancy in the country.
She also said that BNP’s ministers, Khaleda Zia, her son were involved in corruption and money laundering.
“The BNP chief has now been trying to escape the court after embezzling fund from an orphanage trust,” she said.
The premier came down heavily on the BNP-Jamaat for burning people to death and vandalising public and private property in the name of movement.
“Several hundred people were burnt to death during their movement,” she said.
The premier said that her government had been able to develop the country as people resisted the movement of the BNP-Jamaat.
Mentioning conspiracies against the country being hatched at home and abroad, the premier said that she would not bow down to any threat.
She also mentioned conspiracies against the country’s biggest infrastructure Padma Multipurpose Bridge.
“As I am a daughter of Bangabandhu I have taken it a challenge that there has been no corruption in the project. A Canadian court in its recent verdict mentioned that there was no conspiracy in the project,” she said.
“I do politics for the people. Vested quarters will try to fear me by bringing false allegation of corruption and I bow down to them, I am not such a daughter of Bangabandhu,” she added.
Reminiscing about Bangabandhu’s contribution to the country’s birth and its overall development, the premier said had Bangabandhu been been alive, the country would have been developed 25 years ago.
She said that the post 1975 governments pushed the country backward after the assassination of Bangabandhu.
“But the country started getting developed after the AL-led government assumed office in 1996,” she said.
The AL president bashed a section of intellectuals for criticising the government over the democracy.
“Many say that the country is witnessing development but there lacks democracy,” she said alleging that they find democracy during the martial law.
The premier also bashed Zia-Ershad-Khaleda governments for not playing due role in realising due rights from India.
“The governments of Zia-Ershad-Khaleda did not dare to demand anything from India. Everything has been achieved during the Awami League government,” she said.
Sheikh Hasina alleged that BNP praised India while in office and opposed India while in the opposition.
Listing her government’s development activities, the premier said her government has a goal to build the country in line with the dream of Bangabandhu.
“Bangladesh will become a peaceful nation in South Asia,” she said.
AL leaders, including Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Yusuf Hossain Humayun and Syed Ashraful Islam, among others, addressed the programme.