‘Bangladesh had become a breeding place of terrorism and militancy during the BNP-Jamaat regime’
Speakers and experts praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her active role in building a peaceful world by curbing militancy and terrorism.
The speakers came up with the remarks at a seminar titled ‘Sheikh Hasina’s peace model to curb militancy and terrorism’ arranged by the ruling Awami League Information and Research Affairs Sub-committee at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh on Friday.
The speaker of the parliament, politicians, academicians, journalists, religious leaders and security experts, among others, were present at the seminar with Awami League Information and Research Affairs Sub-committee Chairman Dr Saidur Rahman Khan in the chair.
Speaking as chief guest, Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury said terrorism and militancy are the main barriers for peace in the world.
Blaming terrorism and militancy, she said it is a matter of great worry that militant and terrorist groups are using information technology to spread anarchy around the world.
“No country in the world is feeling safe from these evil forces,” she added.
She said: “It is quite difficult for a single country to fight terrorism. So, all countries will have to come forward to work together in fighting this burning problem.”
Sharing information among the countries is very important to fight militancy, she added.
“We have to take proper steps to stop the flow of terror financing and have to find who the patrons are to curb terrorism and militancy,” said Shirin.
She also claimed that Bangladesh did not face significant terror attacks except the Holey Artisan Cafe attack, in last 11 years and all credit to keep Bangladesh safe from these evil forces goes to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
“Prime Minister has faced a very tough challenge in keeping Bangladesh safe from terrorism and militancy while the world is suffering from the problem,” she mentioned.
Hanif: Terrorism is not a new issue in Bangladesh
Awami League acting general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif claimed that terrorism is not a new issue in Bangladesh.
“During the Liberation War in 1971, Pakistani forces killed around 30,00,000 people in the name of religion just like the modern-day terrorists are doing,” said Hanif.
The senior Awami League alleged that Bangladesh had become a breeding place of terrorism and militancy during the BNP-Jamaat regime as the state patronized militant groups.
Tarique was the main patronizer of 125 militant groups
He also alleged that BNP's acting Chairperson Tarique Rahman was the main patronizer of 125 militant and terrorist groups including Bangla Bhai.
He hoped that all kinds of terrorism and militancy from the world to be rooted out by the strong leadership of Sheikh Hasina.
Matia urges women to come forward to curb militancy
Awami League presidium member Matia Chowdhury urged women to come forward to curb militancy and terrorism saying that woman can keep a very important role in keeping the men away from the extremism.
Meanwhile, noted economist Kazi Kalikuzzaman Ahmad said curbing militancy and terrorism is impossible by the law enforcement agencies alone.
“We can curb terrorism and militancy by establishing humanitarian societies,” said Ahmed.
Sholakia Eidgah Imam Fariduddin Masud praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her active role to bring peace in the world by curbing militancy and terrorism.
Speakers also expressed their condolence to those who were killed in New Zealand and Sri Lanka attacks.
Sheikh Hafizur Rahman Karzon, professor of Department of Law of the University of Dhaka, presented the key-note paper, in which he admitted that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has able to bring peace in South Asia by rooting out terrorists and militants.
Dr Delwar Hossain, professor of International Relations of the University of Dhaka, said: “Bangladesh is now a role model for its all out fight against terrorism and militancy. Terrorists and militants have been destroying religion harmony as well as these groups are using religion for their own benefits.”